Did it strike you as odd that President Obama and candidate Mitt Romney would be calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the PM’s speech to the UN? It is not odd for President Obama to call him because that would be a part of the job of President to respond.
On such a sensitive subject as Iran’s nuclear weapons and Iran’s President flaunting nuclear development and wrapping it with taunts against Iran and the U.S. it is proper for the U.S. and Israel to take their cases to the U.N.
However, it seems inappropriate for candidate Romney to get involved in active foreign policy by contacting a head of state. That clearly violates the principle of “one president at a time.”
This public display adds to the appearance of discontinuity in the relationship between Israel and the U.S. that only emblazons Iran. That is harmful.
“During his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, President Obama said Iran has proven that its nuclear program is not peaceful, and a coalition of nations is dedicated to stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
At present, the relationship between Israel and the U.S. seems untidy.
Contemplating the consequences of Iran at war with Israel and the U.S. is horrendous even when the U.S. would win such a fight in short order through annihilation. Also, in “short order,” Iran could inflict considerable damage to U.S. ships and to Israel. Furthermore, not spoken about too often, is where do Iran’s missiles and rockets fall if they fall short?
There is reasonable probability that Palestine and neighboring states could be enveloped and destroyed in the crossfire.
“Obama, Romney place dueling calls to Israel’s Netanyahu
By Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker, Published: September 28
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday by telephone, ending the call with a common pledge to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but no apparent consensus on a specific timeline to do so.
A few hours later, Republican nominee Mitt Romney spoke by phone with Netanyahu, his one-time consulting colleague and a friend since the 1970s. After the call, Romney said that he does not believe military force will have to be used to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
The dueling calls again edged Israel and Iran into the frame of the presidential election, and they gave both candidates an opportunity to outline their positions on an crucial security issue.