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Mitt Romney For President

We’ve regularly expressed serious concerns about Barack Obama’s views on the Middle East in general and the Arab-Israeli situation in particular from the onset of his 2008 presidential campaign through his four years in the White House.

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It should come as no surprise to readers that The Jewish Press endorses Governor Mitt Romney in the November 6 presidential election. We’ve regularly expressed serious concerns about Barack Obama’s views on the Middle East in general and the Arab-Israeli situation in particular from the onset of his 2008 presidential campaign through his four years in the White House.

We recognize that there are those who can and do point to several pro-Israel actions President Obama has taken as being indicative of fundamental support for the Jewish state on his part. Indeed, some of those actions are unprecedented. However, we believe it is clear that Mr. Obama came into office determined to significantly alter downward the decades-long special relationship between the U.S. and Israel – as we discuss below, he indicated as much – but that he was forced to put his intentions on hold following serious pushback from Jewish leaders and Democratic Party allies.

We fear that once he is freed from reelection concerns, the president in a second term will resume the tough talk to Israel and the disturbing policies of his earlier months in office that, if implemented, would result in a truncated and weakened Israel and an empowered Muslim world.

On the other hand, from everything we have heard from Mr. Romney it appears he not only believes in the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel but is intent on enhancing it.

Of course, separate and apart from the issue of Israel there should be a healthy skepticism when it comes to most of President Obama’s claims of accomplishment.

On the domestic front, the economy remains listless, the unemployment rate is a national disgrace, and the national debt is spiraling out of control.

Mr. Obama’s recent dissembling over the Benghazi disaster is only the latest in a series of foreign policy mishaps that taken together only serve to increase our unease. He claims to have referred to the incident as a “terror attack” in a speech the next day. The transcript does indeed show that he used the phrase, but in context he appeared to be making a broad generalization rather than specifically affixing the terror appellation to Benghazi.

Moreover, for days afterward his vice president, UN ambassador and several other administration spokesmen maintained either that they still didn’t know whether the attack was the work of terrorists or that it was a spontaneous, violent reaction to an anti-Muhammad video – the latter a notion that has now been discredited. In running as fast as they could from using the word “terrorism,” they claimed to have been relying on the intelligence information that was available at the time. What intelligence, then, was the president – assuming he really was, as he claims, referring to Benghazi – relying on the day after the attack?

Also contributing to our dismay with the administration were the unprecedented threats to the Supreme Court over Obamacare, the open violation of our immigration laws respecting the deportation of illegal aliens, and the leaking of classified information to burnish the president’s foreign policy credentials.

Getting back to Israel, despite the above-mentioned positive actions taken by Mr. Obama – which have included supporting Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system; backing Israel during the controversies over the Goldstone Report and the Gaza flotilla fiasco; and opposing the Palestinians’ efforts at the UN for a unilateral declaration of statehood – we believe our skepticism is well-founded. Mr. Obama has set forth his fundamental beliefs regarding the Middle East in both word and action and they are decidedly not pro-Israel by any calculation.

During the 2008 campaign we were disturbed by Mr. Obama’s close ties to the virulently anti-Israel and anti-U.S. Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose church the Obamas attended for years. The claim by the president that he was conveniently absent whenever Rev. Wright gave his notorious sermons is hard to take seriously. After all, Rev. Wright officiated at his wedding and other family events and indeed mentored him.

Mr. Obama’s close association in his formative years with several anti-Israel leftists rang some alarm bells. Also ringing bells was his comment during the 2008 campaign that “There is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud approach to Israel that you’re anti-Israel.”

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52 Responses to “Mitt Romney For President”

  1. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    And yet you come here with a set of vitriolic histrionics and expect anyone to believe you or take you seriously? I don't speak for others. I speak for myself. Cancel my vote out? That's called a democratic republic. But I wonder if the usual obama base line voters that are now legally dead or illegal aliens will cancel out the millions of others who are living that plan to vote Romney?

  2. Allison Kolarik says:

    Please expand on the illegal and dead voters?

  3. June Moran Dongell says:

    Thank you for taking a stand for Israel and helping us defeat Barack Hussein Obama! God bless you!

  4. Buffett owes no such thing, you are confusing a corporate entity with a person or maybe you like Romney believe corporations are people.

  5. Arie Rosenrauch What nonsense. Would a jew hater would have so much for Israel that their defense minister says Obama has been their best ever US President when it comes to Israel's security. STOP LYING.

  6. It's incredibly unfortunate that a President whose Middle East policy is similar to LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr. & Clinton has been methodolically been portrayed as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic by Right Wing Jews and Republicans. All the guy wanted to do was try and get peace talks moving again between Israel and Palestinian Authority. For Shame.

  7. Kathy Philp Johnson says:

    Thank you for this courageous and precise endorsement for Mitt Romney. As a Christian, I support the people of Israel in my heart and prayers; and with my vote.

  8. sweetie, there can be no "peace talks" between two parties as long as one is professing to destroy the other. got it?

  9. Arie, I am liking you more and more. (non-Jew and lover of Israel here)

  10. Yes, exactly the way you say! Bingo! He merely wanted to do allt his by premtivelly massively and fundamentally move the until then 5-decades long goalposts in favour of one side. Sadly, for you (or fortunately??), it is the so-called Palestinian side. So much about obama's "friendliness" and "caring support". Cut the cr*p Obamaherroid/Obmabot.

  11. I am not Jewish in fact I'm Catholic. I can't imagine a world without Israel. I get so upset when I hear and read people think that obama gives a damn about Israel. Israel deserves to be. I as an American stand with Israel, I hope my country will be able to stand with it.

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