Mitt Romney's friendship with Bibi Netanyahu raises eybrows

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  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    April 11, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    I'm just glad Romney has a friend.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 11, 2012 11:43 a.m.

    @ Rifleman, such an apologist for Romney. You miss the nuance. Even if Israel attacks, that does not mean the U.S would commit itself to war. Unless Romney is President.

    And the Republicans and Mr. Etch-A-Sketch have already pointed to the economy, even though they were the ones who created the mess in the first place. Your memory may be short, but mine isn't. I remember McCain "suspending" his campaign because of the economic disaster that had its genesis under your guys. The worst recession since the Great Depression. Then you have the gall to blame someone else for it. Obama didn't fail. The Republicans failed when they last controlled the White House and since by trying to obstruct every effort to clean up their very own mess.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 11, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Re: Esquire Springville, UT
    "And if Netanyahu wants war with Iran, Romney will surely put us there."

    Israel has no intention whatsoever of waiting until after our elections in November to go after Iran's nuclear weapon program. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "believes there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June."

    It will have a negative effect on our oil supplies here in the USA, with a corresponding negative effect on our economy. That is when Mitt Romney and the Republicans will brush off Bill Clinton's phrase "It's the economy, stupid" and remind the voters of Obama's failures.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 11, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    "I’d get on the phone to my friend Bibi Netanyahu and say: ‘Would it help if I say this? What would you like me to do?’"

    Shouldn't our leaders be more independent? And what happens when there is a change of power in Israel. Will our President be so closely identified with one side that it creates problems? This isn't about being pro or anti Israel. It's about being able to effectively manage relations with a wide range of nations.

    And if Netanyahu wants war with Iran, Romney will surely put us there. That would truly be a disaster, poisoning the well in the Middle East far more than our overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran in 1953.

  • TXBYUFAN Spring, TX
    April 11, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    The media are concerned that Romney has a relationship with a world leader yet they still have yet to look into Obama's relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Typical.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    April 10, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    Re: ". . . friendship with Bibi Netanyahu raises eybrows"

    Whose eyebrows?

    Only those of leftists committed to the destruction of decency and democracy -- here, as well as in the Middle East.

    Real people? We're cool with it.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2012 4:18 p.m.

    All this really says is that Romney is a neocon. Why else would he want someone like Dick Cheney as a running mate? You're just getting another GWB with Romney.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 10, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Cats said: The left in this country is so anti-semitic, they probably see this as a problem.

    Thanks for the Israeli lobbyist answer, Israel is a country, not a race or religion.
    I love my jewish brothers, but I detest Israel's zionist regime building and the regional instability they provoke daily with neighbors because they feel like the USA will do what they are told, payed for by their lobbyist.

    Rifleman said: descendants of Father Abraham.
    To add to vernal girl's answer Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Mormon's (hahahha) are all decendants of "father Abraham"

    If you believe religious history...

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Re: Utah Girl Vernal, UT

    The Dead Sea is 1,388 feet below sea level which would provide a water pressure of over 600 pounds per sq. inch. If this pressure was harnessed it could be used to turn the area into a garden, generate tremendous amounts of electrical power, and convert a vast amount of sea water into fresh water for irrigation.

    Only problem is the fighting between Israel and her neighbors will continue up through the battle of Armageddon. Look for it to happen during the Millenium.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    April 10, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    The point about the Prime Minister and Mr Romney having a 36 year long friendship is repeated time and again by Mr. Romney. His business experience in building, working with and saving companies expands across the Globe! His business dealing through Bain have allowed him to build real working relationships with World leaders and business people from Asia to Europe and on most continents on our planet. His knowledge is intimate and built from a working, problem solving position. They were not built from the contentious political ideology that President Obama has! One of President Obama's greatest weaknesses is his negotiating ability! That is why he fails to bring consensus with Republicans or even the Democrat run Senate and with World leaders! He just does not know how to deal with them or find an agreeable solution! Proclamations mean nothing. A President Romney will be on a higher footing than most American Presidents have been on since he will have contacts, experience being in and working in foreign countries. Mr. Romney knows how to plan, execute and finish a plan or agreement. That is what we need Romney a real leader. Not a title holder with no background!

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    April 10, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    It might be important to remember that there are Persians involved in the middle-east three legged conflict. It is not just Abraham's family. That is one reason there is no Islamic caliphate already, although the conflict between Sunni and Shiite is also a major reason as is the traditional power of Kings.

    As for whether a Netanyahu/Romney link is good or bad for Israel and/or the USA, I am sure there will be differences of opinion. I think we must stand with Israel and that if the message was more clear, Iran may be less likely to continue their warmongering. All denials aside, Iran is more like Nazi Germany than can be just dismissed. After all, their leadership is on record as not believing the reports of Nazi action against the Jews. With a Romney President we will get both a clear message to the enemies of Israel, and a trusted restraint on Israeli uni-lateral action.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    April 10, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Rifleman, an interesting point of fact is both Jews/Israelites and Arabs are descended from Abraham. Jews through his son Isaac, and Arabs through his son Ishmael. I don't know anything about the good or bad effects of a canal, but I do wish Israel's neighbors would leave her alone, and that Israel would leave her neighbors alone, and everyone could "work and play well" together. Unfortunately, I doubt that will happen.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    Re: Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    "Bibi, quit while you are ahead and quit oppressing your brothers."

    If Israel and her neighbors signed a peace treaty they could turn their efforts into building a canal from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. It would provide an unending supply for hydro-electric power.

    Unfortunately for Israel some of her neighbors would only be satisfied if these descendants of Father Abraham were driven into the sea.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    April 10, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Somewhere in Time, UT
    I would think this would be an advantage. The left in this country is so anti-semitic, they probably see this as a problem."

    The left is so anti-semitic? Nice generalization ... I'm sure you love when people stereotype your Mormons as being racist? You just did the same thing.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    April 10, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    If Romeny is Netanyahu's friend he might tell him, "Bibi, quit while you are ahead and quit oppressing your brothers."

  • Gadfly Smyrna, TN
    April 10, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    The word "appease" has been bandied about ever since Neville Chamberlain returned from his famous meeting with Hitler, not always in the correct manner. Allowing Israel to pursue its own foreign policy without interference is not the same as appeasement. The United States has made no concessions to Iran comparable to Great Britain's mistake. Obama is not a Chamberlain. Romney, if elected, will not be a Churchill. Iran is not Nazi Germany but is a very serious problem for the U.S. However, the choice of words here needs some reconsideration.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 10, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    I would think this would be an advantage. The left in this country is so anti-semitic, they probably see this as a problem.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    There is a problem with Mitt Romney having a friendship with Benjamin Netanyahu? At least he won't be bowing down to the King of Saudi Arabia like Obama did. Sheesh!!