Sunday, July 29, 2012

Romney will support Israel’s unilateral strike on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with US Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, before a meeting at the premier's office in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on July 29, 2012

Source: Press TV

US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will support Israel if Tel Aviv decides to launch a unilateral military attack against Iran's nuclear energy facilities, his senior campaign aide says.

"If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the [nuclear] capability, the governor would respect that decision," Romney's senior national security aide Dan Senor told reporters on Sunday.

The US presidential candidate is meeting with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders today as part of a six-day international tour designed to shore up his foreign-policy credentials abroad and woo Jewish voters at home, Bloomberg reported.

“My message to...Israel and...Iran is one and the same: I will not look away, and neither will my country,” he will say according to excerpts of his speech released by the campaign.

This is while the Israeli daily Haaretz reported earlier on Sunday that US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon has informed Israel of Washington's ‘contingency plans’ for a possible attack on Iran, should the negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 fail.

During his visit to Israel two weeks ago, Donilon also shared information on US weaponry and military capabilities for dealing with Iran's nuclear facilities.

Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with a military strike to force it to halt its nuclear energy program, claimed by the duo to have been diverted towards military purposes.

But Iran has dismissed the allegations and the threats, pledging a crushing response to any attack on its soil.

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