Romney: US must stop Iran's genocidal regime

US Republican presidential candidate refers to Ahmadinejad's call to wipe out Israel as "a reminder of what is at stake."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 18, 2012 11:48
2 minute read.
Republican prisdential hopeful Mitt Romney in Main

Republican presdential hopeful Mitt Romney in Maine 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Friday that the US "must lead the world in stopping Iran's genocidal regime from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability."

Romney's comments came after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Israel is a "tumor" that needs to be wiped out. The Republican presidential candidate reiterated remarks he made in a visit to Jerusalem in July, claiming: "We have seen the horrors of history. We will not stand by. We will not watch them play out again."

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


"Ahmadinejad’s latest outrageous remarks are just another reminder of what is at stake," Romney stated. The comments by Ahmadinejad came at a rally marking Al-Quds Day (Jerusalem Day), an annual anti-Zionist event calling for Palestinian liberation.

Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, used Ahmadinejad's statements to reiterate Romney's position that the administration of US President Barack Obama has failed to deter Iran's nuclear ambitions, putting Israel's existence in danger.

Ros-Lehtinen said Friday that Ahmadinejad's "incendiary" comments were just another warning that "a fuse is burning."

Click here for full Jpost coverage of the Iranian threat

She stated that the Obama administration had failed in dealing with "rogue regimes," remarking, "I have many serious concerns about this administration's Iran policy. Obama's approach seems to be based on a complete misreading of the intentions of the ayatollahs... by wasting precious time, his policies have placed the security of the State of Israel in jeopardy. It's past time for a change in leadership in the White House."

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, also referred to Iran at an election rally in Virginia, saying a Republican administration will pull out all the stops in order to protect America's allies across the world.

"Under president Romney our adversaries will think twice about challenging America and our allies because we believe in peace through strength," Ryan vowed.

The Republican campaign's comments on Iran came amid increased speculation that Israel was planning a unilateral strike against the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, a move which the Obama administration has intimated they would see as premature.

Washington has repeatedly stated in recent weeks that diplomatic efforts and sanctions aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons have not run their course. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey also said last week that a unilateral Israeli strike "could delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities.”

Earlier Friday, US National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor was quoted by AFP as saying that the White House strongly condemns "the latest series of offensive and reprehensible comments by senior Iranian officials that are aimed at Israel. The entire international community should condemn this hateful and divisive rhetoric."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Chelsea Football
October 19, 2018
Chelsea blows the whistle on antisemitism

By TAMAR BEERI