Mitt Romney signals strong ties to Israel, Poland

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  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Aug. 5, 2012 9:00 a.m.

    Filo, they chose to move to Israel. They chose to live in a dangerous area. If they hadn't their children wouldn't be dead.

    No more wars for Israel.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 31, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    It is interesting to see that liberals are teaching things that history has influenced their thoughts about this current President of the United States of America. Teaching at a great university doesn't mean that everything that is taught, in eastern studies and philosophy is great or even true. A professor should know the major reason since the 1967 war before teaching in Israel. This President seems out of touch with Israel and their existence as a recognized State since the 1940s.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    July 31, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Correction to previous: The murders of Koby Mandell and Yossi Ishran occured on May 8, 2001. The Mandell family immigrated to Israel in '96.

    As Rabbi Riskin (of nearby Efrat) commented, the difference in the murder of children in Israel is that Palestinian children are unintended collateral damage; Israeli children are targeted in advance and specifically.

    The Tekoa teens skipped school one day to hike in the wadi canyon behind their homes. Their mutilated, disfigured bodies had to be identified by dental records because their Palestinian murderers bound, stabbed, beat with rocks and then smeared their blood on the cave walls. Nothing close to this barbaric act exists in the Israeli annals.

    Our Congress enacted The Koby Mandell Act to protect U.S. victims slain in foreign countries due to this atrocity. The PA denounced it but never thoroughly investigated or prosecuted any of the 20 suspects. That's the kibbutz life just south of sweet Bethlehem, where Israeli kids get army-escorted buses to school each morning into J'lem. And you won't find their fathers swathing their babes in suicide dress and chanting "Death to the Palestinians".

    Do a little reading, and less pontificating.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    July 31, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Romney practices his Mormon religious believe that he and fellow Mormons are Israelites and therefore he identifies and sides with the nation of Israel and Jews in contention with Palestine and Muslims.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 11:19 p.m.

    How many middle east wars will we get with Romney? Several I dare say.

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    July 30, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    That's exactly what we need right now. Another "Shock" and "Aw" war with Iran. Will we be greeted as liberators there too? And then fight and pay for their country for the next 20 years?

  • Bruce Van Orden Springville, Utah
    July 30, 2012 5:05 p.m.

    I taught for a year at the Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies. There I learned that the major reason for the relative difference for the economic development between the Israelis and the Palestinians is that Israel occupied Palestine since 1967 and allowed less water, electricity, and multiple other resources to go to the Palestinian people. What is more, the Israeli settlers inside Palestinian territory were afforded better resources by far than allowed the Palestinians themselves. Palestinians were usually denied travel access from one area to another for more job access. Once again Romney showed his ignorance. How could he possibly be an effective president in helping with the Arab-Israeli conflict?

  • USA Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    Sorry to see Governor Romney doing so poorly on his international tour. Doesn't seem quite ready, yet. Diplomacy and international relations do not seem to be his strength. Hope we can undo the damage he has done so far.

  • mamiejane Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 4:40 p.m.

    When asked by the New York Times if the Israeli occupation and blockade had any impact on the Palestinian economy, Romney had no comment. Apparently, he didn't want the fact to get in the way of his analysis.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    July 30, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    If elected, Romney's first act will probably be to invade Granada just to prove how decisive he is. What a joke this guy is.

  • Joshua Steimle Draper, UT
    July 30, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none." ~ Thomas Jefferson

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2012 4:03 p.m.

    At least Romney didn't refer to "Polish Death Camps"

    No, but Romney still thinks "The Soviets" are the greatest enemy facing the U.S. Maybe he missed President Reagan bringing down that wall...

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 30, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    Are you sure about this? The article suggests that Romney not only said the economic disparity between Palestinians and Israelis was due in part to "culture" but made the same comparison between Mexico and the United States.

    From the article:
    The presumptive GOP nominee attributed that vitality to the "power of at least culture and a few other things," noting similar economic gaps between Mexico and the United States.

    Did he actually say that about Mexico? I can't imagine him getting away with that.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 30, 2012 3:05 p.m.

    At least Romney didn't refer to "Polish Death Camps" while in Poland. Obama has since learned a little history about WWII.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 30, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    We've got to quite giving the Israelis the chequebook. They're going to get us into a foolish quagmire with Iran.