Is Israel behind the Push for a Romney Presidency?Submitted by David Robertson on Thu, 04/19/2012 - 09:58
Everyone knows that AIPAC influences the decisions of the Federal Government. Do they also influence the decision of who will be the President?
I have read that Obama had Jewish backing in Chicago for his run for the Presidency. I have also read that his backers are disappointed with his performance. There were well publicised abdications from his Administration in 2010 by a number of Jewish members including his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
There is now speculation that the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who have a personal relationship going back to 1976, may wish to extend that relationship into a political one. It would appear that Romney is more sympathetic to Israel's strategic objectives in the Middle East than Obama especially with regard to Iran.
I have a contact who is a refugee and political prisoner in South America who is a Christian Israeli dissident. He has survived two attempts by the Mossad on his life and has written two books on his experiences with the titles of Cross of Bethlehem (I and II). He has unique insights into Israeli politics and society that are well worth reading. In a recent article he commented on an article by Michael Barbaro that appeared in the New York Times on April 12, 2012. The article by Barbaro contained the following sentence:
“Mr. Romney has suggested that he would not make any significant policy decisions about Israel without consulting Mr. Netanyahu — a level of deference that could raise eyebrows given Mr. Netanyahu’s polarizing reputation, even as it appeals to the neoconservatives and evangelical Christians who are fiercely protective of Israel.”
This creates a very clear channel between Romney and Dr. Paul. In effect Romney is saying that his policy decisions will align with those of a foreign power and not necessarily with the national interests of the United States. Following on the decision by some evangelical leaders to support Ron Paul and given the growing collaboration between supporters of Rick Santorum and those of Ron Paul it would appear that this issue will not go quietly into that good night. Here is the article by my friend Roy Tov: