Mitt Romney creates fresh divisions on Israel tour with ‘racist’ economic remarks
Αναρτήθηκε από τον/την satyrikon στο Ιουλίου 30, 2012
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Being friends with Israel is one thing, delegating the decision to go to war is something else
Romney pledged that, as president, he’d agree to pretty much any action Israel decided to adopt towards Iran, military or otherwise, while suggesting it was not Washington’s place to take the lead in seeking peace.
Being friends with Israel is one thing, but delegating the decision on whether to go to war is something else. Most European countries stopped making that sort of promise after stumbling into the First World War based on mutual aggression agreements.
His remarks on Russia have similarly elicited questions. Assessing America’s international challenges, Mr. Romney declared Russia is “without question our number one geopolitical foe.” The remark seemed to ignore China’s overwhelming growth in influence and stature, and the ongoing crises of the Middle East, not least Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Though, having ceded decision-making authority on that front to Israel, perhaps Mr. Romney felt the file was closed.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been accused of undermining the Middle East peace process and making “racist” statements during his trip to Israel after telling wealthy Jewish donors that their culture is part of the reason Israelis are more economically successful than nearby Palestinians.
Romney also spoke aggressively Sunday about protecting Israel from Iranian nuclear threats and suggested that he was open to breaking with U.S. policy dating to 1967 by moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv if the Israelis asked.