This past Sunday, July 29th, I awakened to find pictures in numerous news sources of Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel and with Benjamin Netanyahu. The aura of respect and amiability was easily recognizable from the photos alone, and my mind rushed to contrast this visit with one from 2011.
First, we should remember that Obama prefaced the May 2011 visit with an extraordinarily arrogant assertion that Israel, in a move toward peace with Palestine, should recognize and return to the pre-1967 borders. Friends of Israel in America and around the world responded with incredulity and anger. Following such an ill-conceived and imperious speech, I was not at all surprised to see this chilly photo emerge (right: Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama).
At this critical time, just over 3 months ’till the presidential election, all those pro-Israel and Jewish voters should take the time to remember that Obama, in his 1st term found the opportunity to visit some 32 different countries on 47 trips. However, the one very important country and long-time ally not visited? Israel. We should remember that Obama purposely bowed to Saudi King Abdullah, told outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Vladimir Putin should give him more space until after the election, and foolishly proclaimed that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was no special security threat!
Thus, Sunday’s stories and photos were a stark contrast, chronicling an amicable reception for Mitt Romney, a long-time friend of Netanyahu and staunch supporter of Israel. Romney, unlike Obama, followed his visit with Israel’s PM by delivering an assertively pro-Israel speech wherein he declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The GOP presidential candidate stated that the strong alliance between America and Israel is “…a force for good in the world…” and “…should make every American proud.”
I hope every voter in America, and in particular every voter concerned with the future security of Israel and America’s unwavering commitment of friendship and steadfast support for that state, is listening and watching! We must choose between 2 disparate candidates: either an incumbent who has emboldened America’s and Israel’s enemies, or a candidate who believes in a bold and exceptional America–an America that supports in every way its long-standing allies. The choice could not be more clear: Obama who habitually apologizes for America and insults Israel, or Romney who proudly proclaims America’s greatness and admires the democratic values and true friendship of Israel. Here’s hoping all voters will choose the latter!