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Obama 'disrespected' Israel, threw it 'under the bus,' says Romney
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Posted on 05/19/2011 1:45:14 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama 'disrespected' Israel, threw it 'under the bus,' says Romney By Michael O'Brien - 05/19/11 03:29 PM ET

President Obama "disrespected" Israel and threw it "under the bus" in a wide-ranging speech on the Middle East on Thursday, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney charged.

Romney strongly criticized Obama, who, in a speech at the State Department, called for Israel to return to its border lines as drawn before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

"President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace," Romney said in a statement.

"He has also violated a first principle of American foreign policy, which is to stand firm by our friends," added the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney led Republicans in criticizing the Obama speech, which touched on broader themes throughout the Middle East, including the popular movements for democratization, from Egypt to Yemen, during the first half of the year.

"President Obama has betrayed Israel and made a grievous mistake by suggesting borders of Israel go back to pre-1967 borders. This is an outrage to peace, sovereignty of Israel, and a stable Middle East," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a 2008 Republican presidential candidate who's been a staunch supporter of Israel, said in a statement.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), meanwhile, suggested Obama's stance could represent "the beginning of the end as we know it for the Jewish state."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another Republican presidential candidate, declined to comment on the Obama speech during an appearance on the Rush Limbaugh radio show this afternoon, explaining that he hadn't yet been able to listen to the speech or digest its contents.

The political battle lines emerged quickly on Thursday afternoon after Obama's speech, especially after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the president's call for a return to 1967 borders.

Netanyahu will meet with Obama on Friday at the White House, and he'll stay in Washington over the weekend before addressing the AIPAC conference Monday and a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; bhomeforspeech; israel; israelbetrayalspeech; palestine; romney
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1 posted on 05/19/2011 1:45:17 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama ‘disrespected’ Israel, threw it ‘under the bus,’ says Romney...he added, “I can do the same thing 1/3 cheaper and with less personnel costs.”


2 posted on 05/19/2011 1:48:31 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama ‘disrespected’ Israel, threw it ‘under the bus,’ says Romney...he added, “I can do the same thing 1/3 cheaper and with less personnel costs.”


3 posted on 05/19/2011 1:48:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Good for Romney! If Sarah does not run, he will get my vote. And, talking about voting, could we have a discussion on Romneycare? He could do a lot to clean up his campaign.


4 posted on 05/19/2011 1:49:06 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Sub-Driver
Poor choice of terms. Obama isn't ‘disrespecting’ Israel - he obviously is seeking Israel’s destruction.
5 posted on 05/19/2011 1:49:18 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Too bad it would cause such outrage if someone prominent were to “call a spade a spade”.


6 posted on 05/19/2011 1:50:11 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope Congress gives Bibi a standing ovation before, during, and after his address.


7 posted on 05/19/2011 1:50:16 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did he actually say “disrespected?” Does he not want to be President?


8 posted on 05/19/2011 1:50:34 PM PDT by hometoroost (Love the Onion story on a closed-ceremony "transparency" award. Oh wait, that actually happened.)
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To: Sub-Driver
threw it 'under the bus,'

That's his best pitch.

9 posted on 05/19/2011 1:50:57 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Screw Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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10 posted on 05/19/2011 1:51:26 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: MrB

Lessons from the Sudetenland by Benjamin Netanyahu (Must Read)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2722226/posts

11 posted on 05/19/2011 1:51:42 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh man. When you can’t even give a person props for doing the right thing, you marginalize yourself as nothing more than a sour crank. One does not have to be a Romney supporter to be gracious when he does the right thing, as he did here.


12 posted on 05/19/2011 1:52:44 PM PDT by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: hometoroost

I hate that word.


13 posted on 05/19/2011 1:55:40 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: Wolfstar; skeeter
I disagree. This poster has it right:

Poor choice of terms. Obama isn't ‘disrespecting’ Israel - he obviously is seeking Israel’s destruction.

5 posted on May 19, 2011 4:49:18 PM EDT by skeeter

14 posted on 05/19/2011 1:56:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Worst. President. Ever.


15 posted on 05/19/2011 1:56:12 PM PDT by sappy
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To: Wolfstar

I do wonder if he checked with his lawyers before answering that :)


16 posted on 05/19/2011 1:56:49 PM PDT by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Wolfstar

Sometimes good conservatives determine that some slime ball is such an evil politician trying to take over the party that they don’t have to praise him for some meaningless, campaign statement.


17 posted on 05/19/2011 1:57:16 PM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: Sub-Driver
Michele Bachmann beat him to it by several hours. Maybe because she went with her first, gut response and quickly posted it on her twitter account. She didn't have to wait and consult with advisors or speechwriters to craft a political response.

Michele Bachmann wrote:

"President Obama is not only wrong he is dangerous to Israeli and Middle East peace policies. I vehemently disagree with the President on Israel. To make this announcement the day before Netanyahu’s visit to the USA is an in your face insult to Israel. I call on the President to reverse course and stand with Israel"

Still, I'm glad Romney made a statement.

18 posted on 05/19/2011 1:57:27 PM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: Former Fetus

Wow, you go straight from a conservative to one of the most liberal candidates running? You’re cheap.


19 posted on 05/19/2011 1:58:45 PM PDT by Grunthor (RIDE THE CAIN TRAIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver
I’d like to see if Obama has any plans for gas chambers.
20 posted on 05/19/2011 2:01:04 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Sub-Driver

Netanyahu should understand zero no longer speaks for Americans. He knows as much about international politics as he does about the economy and finance.


21 posted on 05/19/2011 2:01:14 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Sub-Driver
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another Republican presidential candidate, declined to comment on the Obama speech during an appearance on the Rush Limbaugh radio show this afternoon,

Once burned, twice shy. He's going to flinch every time someone asks him a question

22 posted on 05/19/2011 2:03:59 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Sub-Driver
"Disrespected"? Is Romney trying to build some street cred? Obama abandoned Israel, sending out a clear message that the United States no longer feels any obligation to stand by its ally. Israel, population 5 million, is surrounding by 50 Muslims, nearly all of whom are anywhere from mildly to overwhelmingly dedicated to its destruction. "Disrespecting" Israel would be more in the line of, "The food there is terrible, and so's the music."

I find Romney's statement to be wholly inadequate, though at least he's on the right side of the issue.

23 posted on 05/19/2011 2:06:41 PM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Wolfstar

24 posted on 05/19/2011 2:07:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: tbpiper
threw it 'under the bus,' That's his best pitch.

Romney's doing what robots do....repeating after everyone else without no critical thought of their own behind it.

25 posted on 05/19/2011 2:10:38 PM PDT by caww
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Where are the Liberal Jewish Politicians?
26 posted on 05/19/2011 2:11:40 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: lonevoice

Michele Bachmann wrote:

“President Obama is not only wrong he is dangerous to Israeli and Middle East peace policies... I vehemently disagree with the President on Israel.

... To make this announcement the day before Netanyahu’s visit to the USA is an in your face insult to Israel. I call on the President to reverse course and stand with Israel”

Beautiful!


27 posted on 05/19/2011 2:13:35 PM PDT by caww
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To: lonevoice

Michele Bachmann wrote:

“President Obama is not only wrong he is dangerous to Israeli and Middle East peace policies... I vehemently disagree with the President on Israel.

... To make this announcement the day before Netanyahu’s visit to the USA is an in your face insult to Israel. I call on the President to reverse course and stand with Israel”

Beautiful!


28 posted on 05/19/2011 2:13:45 PM PDT by caww
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To: Sub-Driver
It is my understanding that Gov. Romney and Prime Minister Netanyahu were business partners and classmates at Harvard. I would think Israel would find a friend in Gov. Romney despite other failures and weaknesses that offend many of you.

I will not ever try to dissuade any of you from your dearly held beliefs (I could far better tolerate a libertarian than a leftist), but I found Gov. Romney to be engaging and intelligent in person. I assume it is his pragmatism most of you find alarming, but I would not fear his election were he to be elected. He is also strong on the military which is a subject near and dear to my heart. A strong America is a safe America. An employed America is a happy America. He, at the very least, would have a better chance of keeping us free and strong than the current occupant of the Oval Office. I'd bet the farm on that!

29 posted on 05/19/2011 2:13:58 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Sub-Driver

“Disrespecting”??? Are you kidding me? Obama just betrayed Israel and sanctioned its destruction. Romney is a loser!


30 posted on 05/19/2011 2:16:01 PM PDT by cblue55 (Envisioning when all that is left is the right.)
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To: caww

Our resident Nitwit in the White House is over the edge.


31 posted on 05/19/2011 2:16:19 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Romney the Robot trying to sound hip. What an embarrassment!
32 posted on 05/19/2011 2:17:12 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: sappy

The Obama administration can’t even get the Israeli’s to stop building settlements now they want Israel to give a huge portion of their land away? What are the demands on the Palestinian’s?

BTW. Who made Barrack the Emperor of the World? Where does he get off telling a sovereign nation what to do with their land?

The utter foolishness of this idiot administration is on full display. Can’t even produce a workable budget but now Obama is going to solve complex foreign conflicts that have continued for thousand’s of years.


33 posted on 05/19/2011 2:18:07 PM PDT by vlad335
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To: cblue55

You got that right. FUBO!! FUMR!! Not on my watch!!


34 posted on 05/19/2011 2:19:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Grunthor
I just think that, as of today, any support for Israel should be a given for any republican candidate. That said, I would much rather have Sarah, but if all else fails I would like to cross out Romneycare.

If you have a good suggestion for a candidate, other than Sarah, I would like to read your opinion because quite frankly I'm getting very depressed.

35 posted on 05/19/2011 2:20:50 PM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Sub-Driver

Hopefully, Netanyahu will speak to Congress and then get on his plane and fly home, leaving zero cooling his heels waiting for him. I’d send a courier with a “Kiss my ass” message to zero if it was me....red


36 posted on 05/19/2011 2:22:32 PM PDT by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Netanyahu as well as all Jews living in the US should shun O’bummer and tell him to buzz off but that will never happen as we all know.


37 posted on 05/19/2011 2:22:55 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
"He is also strong on the military which is a subject near and dear to my heart."

Is that why no Romney family member has ever served in uniform since they arrived here? Or am I wrong? Talk is cheap!!

38 posted on 05/19/2011 2:23:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (How do you starve an Obama supporter? Hide his food stamps under his work boots.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
http://www.exposemittromney.com/image/double.jpg

Mittens for President (of Zimbabwe)!
39 posted on 05/19/2011 2:24:11 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: Sub-Driver

Yet this man would bask in the publicity and acclaim of a ‘meeting of the minds’ with the madman Obama. If this man wins the Republican nomination, we would end up with the sour feeling we’ve been ideologically raped for the sake of an amicable capitulation (he’d call it a needed rational action - best we can do) to Obama’s devolution of this country.


40 posted on 05/19/2011 2:25:31 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Yet_Again

41 posted on 05/19/2011 2:25:40 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: Former Fetus

Other than Sarah?

1st choice, Cain.

2nd choice, Bachmann

3rd choice, Daniels

4th choice, Santorum

5th choice, Paul

6th choice, Pawlenty

7th choice, Romney

If I didn’t mention a candidate it is because (in the primary) I would never support him.


42 posted on 05/19/2011 2:25:48 PM PDT by Grunthor (RIDE THE CAIN TRAIN!)
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To: vlad335

Does everyone love you yet Barak the appeaser?!?


43 posted on 05/19/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by sappy
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To: vlad335

Does everyone love you yet Barak the appeaser?!?


44 posted on 05/19/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by sappy
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To: skeeter
One of the big problems for an Acolyte of the Anti-christ is that if you fail you get sent on down to one of the inner rings of Hell.

And you wondered why Obama was celebrating with that wagu steak that cost over $100 a pound!!

He thought he couldn't lose on this job ~ just kill some Jews, spend some money, and homefree ~

Dante says it's really cold when you get toward the middle. We may presume Obama got pretty tired of that sort of thing hanging around Chicago so many years ~ decades even! But, he will adapt, and might even get a taste for poking the many Democrat politicians who inhabit those inner rings.

45 posted on 05/19/2011 2:28:25 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: skeeter
One of the big problems for an Acolyte of the Anti-christ is that if you fail you get sent on down to one of the inner rings of Hell.

And you wondered why Obama was celebrating with that wagu steak that cost over $100 a pound!!

He thought he couldn't lose on this job ~ just kill some Jews, spend some money, and homefree ~

Dante says it's really cold when you get toward the middle. We may presume Obama got pretty tired of that sort of thing hanging around Chicago so many years ~ decades even! But, he will adapt, and might even get a taste for poking the many Democrat politicians who inhabit those inner rings.

46 posted on 05/19/2011 2:28:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

What did Romney do to boost employment in MA? Companies are getting out (by the droves) whenever and however they can, in a desperate attempt to escape the horrors of Romneycare. He boosted fees through the roof, which hurts anybody and everybody trying to make a business transaction. When I sold my house in MA, the fees ate me alive—as a *direct* result of Romney’s shenanigans.

I lived in MA while Mitt was gov. Illegals moved to the head of every state handout line. He didn’t raise a finger to stop it. He failed to use his bully pulpit to speak out against gay marriage while there was still time to possibly affect the outcome. While he was gov, taxpayers funded a GLBT ‘outreach’ group that graphically taught schoolkids as young as 12 how to perform risky and disgusting sex acts. The group that exposed these pervs was legally hounded to near-death under Mitt, while the group itself escaped unscathed.

I could go on. I’ll just conclude by saying there’s nothing pragmatic about Romney. He left MA twice the hellhole he found it. I’m so thankful to be out of that corrupt, fiscally doomed basket-case.


47 posted on 05/19/2011 2:28:46 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barack Hussein bin Obama al-Kenyata to Mohammedan comrades, "You have until Jan. 2013 to get this done. The U.S. will stand on the sidelines but your time is limited."

George Mitchell, special appeaser to the ME, carried Hussein Obama's message to all the Islam countries, then resigned to get out of the media spotlight.

yitbos

48 posted on 05/19/2011 2:32:50 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: skeeter

BTTT

Precisely!

Romney doesn’t get it.


49 posted on 05/19/2011 2:33:35 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Sub-Driver

How can we be sure this is how Romney genuinely feels about this? His sincerity is that much in doubt with me.


50 posted on 05/19/2011 2:35:41 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism is nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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