Mitt Romney took time out on Saturday from a five-day tour aimed at shoring up support among small-town voters in battleground states to touch base with another critical party constituency - Christian conservatives - and include some tough talk on US relations with Israel.

Speaking by satellite to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington DC, Romney said he would represent "the opposite"  of Obama on US relations with Israel and Iran. "He's almost sounded like he's more frightened that Israel might take military action than he's concerned that Iran might become nuclear," the Republican nominee said of the US president.

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