Like Los Angeles Dodgers base-stealing legend Maury Wills, who reputedly reached full speed on his second step, Romney opened up his speech in a full sprint, affirming our spiritual ties to Israel and virtually repudiating Obama's moral equivalence approach to the region.
Romney said, "To step foot into Israel is to step foot into a nation that began with an ancient promise made in this land." As Middle Eastern expert Daniel Pipes observed, this opener was in direct contrast to "Obama's crabbed statement in Cairo about 'the aspiration for a Jewish homeland (being) rooted in a tragic history.'" Indeed.
Obama's deliberate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was set against White House press secretary Jay Carney's rhetorical silence on the issue and against the gleeful reference to that city as "Al-Quds" -- the Arabic term for the city -- by John Brennan, Obama's deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Romney indicated that he would not allow to go unchallenged Obama's disinformation campaign boasting that he has been a strong supporter of Israel. He all but called Obama out personally in assuring us that he would treat Israel better -- the way a great ally deserves to be treated -- and that if he disagreed with the nation, he would take up his differences in private.
He called Obama to the carpet for openly rebuking Israel, as Hillary Clinton had over Israel's decision to proceed with settlements on its own land and as Vice President Joe Biden had when he said, "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in east Jerusalem." Also, in an interview, Romney lambasted Obama for criticizing Israel before the United Nations and for ignoring the rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza.
Romney denounced Obama's reckless and disloyal campaign for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, calling those borders "indefensible." And, in contrast to Obama, Romney said he would respect a decision by Israel to take action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capabilities.
High praise for Mitt Romney for unapologetically pledging his administration's support for Israel and for taking his campaign to a new and promising level. Bravo.
David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "The Great Destroyer," has been on the New York Times best-seller list for six weeks. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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