Romney to discuss Israel in Speech on Foreign Policy
The questions of the first presidential debate focused entirely on domestic policies; therefore, neither President Obama nor Republican candidate Mitt Romney had a chance to discuss their positions on Israel, Iran or the Middle East.
Today, however, Romney will speak about his views on foreign policy during an address at The Virginia Military Institute. According to NBC News, Romney’s speech will be called, “The Mantle of Leadership” and will last approximately 30 minutes.
Excerpts from the speech released by the Romney team show that he intends to share his views on Israel and Iran, as well as other regions in the Middle East, including Libya and Benghazi. Indeed, according to Fox News, Romney plans to say that the attacks on the American embassies last month were not “random acts” but instead, “expressions of a larger struggle that is playing out across the broader Middle East.
According to CBS News Romney will take aim at president Obama’s foreign policy record and will accuse the president of being too passive in his approach. He will, says CBS, call for “more direct intervention in Syria”, the arming of opposition forces.
CBS also reports that Romney will say that he will “not hesitate to impose new sanctions on Iran.” He will also vow to “restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf the region” and that he will increase military assistance and coordination with Israel. Furthermore, according to CNN, Romney will also send a warning to Iran in his speech. An excerpt from the speech shows that Romney plans to say, “For the sake of peace, we must make clear to Iran through actions—not just words—that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated.”
He will also say that President Obama has “failed” to help create peace between Israel and Palestine and will speak of his own commitment to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. Indeed, according to CBS, he will say that he plans to “recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.”
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