Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mitt Romney: Aid to Palestinians should be threatened

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney this morning criticized President Obama for being unable to stem off a Palestinian bid for recognition before the United Nations, saying the president should threaten to withhold foreign aid and reconsider funding of UN programs if the Palestinian bid is successful.

“What we are watching unfold at the United Nations is an unmitigated diplomatic disaster,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement. “It is the culmination of President Obama’s repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. That policy must stop now.”
Romney called on Obama to deliver a hardened address in his speech to the United Nations this week, saying the president should threaten to withhold foreign assistance money if the Palestinian Authority “succeeds in gaining any type of UN recognition.”

Romney also says the United States should reevaluate its funding of UN programs, as well as its relationship with any nation that votes in favor of recognition.
“Actions that compromise the interests of the United States, our allies, and all those who desire a lasting peace must have consequences,” Romney said.
The full story is HERE.

In case you missed Romney's speech in April at the Republican Jewish Coalition, I've posted it again below. In it, Romney talks about America's close relationship with Israel, one of our closest allies:

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