Friday, October 28, 2011

Republican presidential candidates staunchly united in support Israel, but who is realistic?

In exclusive interviews to Sheldon Silver's Israeli published newspaper - Israel Hayom, the Republican leading candidates for the GOP nomination seemed to agree on one issue - Israel, a expected campaign issue they all are staunchly united in support of israel.

Getting to know the candidate through the primary vetting process, its also interesting to examine each candidate's different approach toward this sensitive issue.

For example when it comes to an often made promise by previous presidential candidates promising to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, they all seem to be supportive of that idea, however Mitt Romney is the only candidate that chooses not to offer a direct promise.

While Herman Cain responds with a direct "I would... without any hesitation," Rick Perry restating his promise at the NY press conference: "if you want to work for the United States State Department under my administration, you’ll be living in Jerusalem. That’s as clear that I can make it. You’re the only country that I know of that has our embassy not in the capital city," Newt Gingrich going a step forward saying he would fire the entire State Dep. staff if the would object such a move, Mitt Romney took a very moderate and thin line answer to that question, leaving it wide open for discussion, promising that his "inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist".

Herman Cain in another Long way to go, showed his lack of knowledge of US foreign policy on a very important matter, a hawkish statement that might draw applause among the far right settlers in hebron, but would not reflect the traditional US policy,and undermine US influence as a broker for the peace process, by saying this: "I think that the 'so-called Palestinian people' have this urge for unilateral recognition because they see this president as weak"... hmmm... Imagine a President Cain at the UN.. even PM Netanyahu when he stood before the US Congress recognized that "The Palestinians share this small land with us".

At Least on Iran, all of them agreed that there must be a credible military option to force Iran to halt developing deadly nuclear weapons.

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