Romney: Israel and U.S. share same values
June 16, 2012 6 Comments
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Director
Washington, June 16 – Israel is both an ally and a friend of America because the two countries share the same values, Mitt Romney said Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference.
“America is stronger if we are locked in with our friends and Israel is one of our friends, not just because of economic interest but because we share the same values,” Romney said while answering a prescreened question on U.S.-Israel relations.
The presumptive Republican nominee pledged as president he would “forge a strong working relationship with the leadership in Israel” and he would not “show a dime’s worth of distance between ourselves and our allies such as Israel.”
He said if he and the Israeli leadership have disagreements, they would discuss them behind closed doors. “But to the world, you know that we’re locked arm-in-arm. I would make sure Israel’s safety is important to the people of the world.”
The social conservative group Faith and Freedom Coalition had 250 people in attendance in the ballroom of a Washington hotel for Romney’s speech. The former Massachusetts governor was speaking via a video hookup from an outdoor site in Pennsylvania during a six-state bus tour.
“For us, as well as for [Israel], it is unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nation and we’re prepared to take any and all action to keep that from happening,” Romney said to loud applause.
Speaking about Syria’s civil war, Romney said he would encourage countries in the region such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia to provide the insurgents with weapons.