An advisor for the presumptive US Republican Presidential candidate says Mitt Romney would support Israel's right to launch an attack on Iran, over that country's nuclear program.
Romney met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem this morning with some tough talk by the Israeli leader. The Jerusalem Post says Netanyahu told Romney at a short media conference ahead of their meeting, "I heard some of your remarks and you said that the greatest danger facing the world is the Ayatollah regime possessing nuclear weapons capability." "Mitt, I couldn't agree with you more, and I think it is important to do everything in our power to prevent the ayatollahs from possessing that capability. We have to be honest and say that all the diplomacy and sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota." Netanyahu added that a "strong and credible military threat coupled with sanctions" is needed to "have a chance to change the situation."
Romney says he's looking forward to discussing the situation in Iran and "further actions that we can take to dissuade Iran from their nuclear folly." Haaretz reports Romney also says, "Israel's perspective with regards to Iran and its effort to become a nuclear capable nation is one I look to with great seriousness."
The CBC reports that before the Netanyahu/Romney, Dan Senor, the Republican's foreign policy advisor told reporters, "If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision."
CNN says Romney ignored media questions about Senor's comments. And later his campaign office issued a "clarification" saying, "Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so. In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israel's right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with it."
Romney is expected to deliver a strongly worded speech tonight in Israel and according to excerpts obtained by the Jerusalem Post and CNN, he will say, "When Iran's leaders deny the Holocaust or speak of wiping this nation off the map, only the naive - or worse - will dismiss it as an excess of rhetoric." "My message to the people of Israel and the leaders of Iran is one and the same: I will not look away, and neither will my country."