New ad brings Netanyahu to Florida television sets
September 21st, 2012
01:39 AM ET
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New ad brings Netanyahu to Florida television sets

(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has key billing in a new ad running in Florida.

The spot, produced by the independent group Secure America Now, shows Netanyahu voicing his concern about what he and other world leaders suspect is a nuclear program being pursued by Iran.

"The fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to nuclear bombs," he said.

"The world tells Israel, wait there's still time. And I say, wait for what? Wait until when?" he continued.

Netanyahu made the comments to reporters last Tuesday in Jerusalem shortly after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would not be "setting deadlines" for Iran, though it would be "watching very carefully about what they do, because it’s always been more about their actions and their words." In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Netanyahu urged the United States to set a firm "red line" for Iran.

Secure America Now has so far bought $500,000 of television time over two weeks in the Florida markets of Miami, Fort Myers, and West Palm Beach, a source with knowledge of the group's plans told CNN.

The source said the group budgeted $1 million worth of time for the ad, but had not yet purchased the full amount.

Previous ads from the group have been critical of President Barack Obama.

In his "State of the Union" interview,, Netanyahu said that there are people who "are trying to draw me into the American election, and I'm not going to do that."

Regardless, he has become a figure in the election year back and forth between Obama and republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Sources told CNN recently that the White House had turned down an Israeli request for a meeting between Netanyahu and Obama while Netanyahu is in New York at a United Nations meeting, prompting Romney to say he "can't imagine ever saying no" to a meeting request from Netanyahu. The White House said no meeting request had been made, and within hours of the story breaking, Obama called the Israeli prime minister and said the two countries maintain "close cooperation on Iran and other security issues."

When Romney visited Israel on an international tour in July, Netanyahu had kind words to offer Romney, saying to the GOP candidate, "I couldn't agree with you more" on Romney's tough words for Iran.

- CNN's Dana Davidsen, Kevin Liptak, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Benjamin Netanyahu • President Obama
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  1. nomoreteabags

    Every article that has both Mitt-fit and Netanyahu in it needs to mention and remind everyone that these two are old friends from the 70's and 80's. As wishy-washy as Mitt-fit has proven himself to be, I suspect he'd have a bias toward anything Netanyahu asked or told him to do.

    September 21, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  2. 200 TON HAMMER

    BIBI do what he thinks best for isreal keep your head up primeminister BIBI

    September 21, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Guess these Republicans running this ad are just gong to ignore what Netanyahu just stated about his trust in President Obama in standing with Israel and the "red line" they will not let Iran cross – and also the fact he does not appreciate Republicans trying to drag him into America's political elections. Business as usual for Republicans – lies, fear mongering, and iignoring the statements of Netanyahu that do not fit your twisted view of reality. Florida should be more worried about Romney and Ryan taking away their Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – the centerpiece of the Ryan budget.

    September 21, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  4. Brighgom young

    What happened to CNN's other site, the political one? Did the teatards make you turn it off.Too many liberals making sense? Dump Romney and the teatards on Nov. 6 th.

    September 21, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  5. Thomas

    Outside interests deciding the outcome of an election.

    This must be what Romney means when he criticizes Obama for saying Washington changes from the outside.

    Netanyahu wants a red line , we want peace. And the best solution for the Iranian people to take there freedom.
    Let Syria take its course , the people of Iran will follow . Bomb Iran and gas prices go up and we will have made more enemies then friends, we also lose the dignity of settlement through negotiations .

    September 21, 2012 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  6. bb

    Well Mr. Romney, if you become president and start a war with Iran, are you gonna send your five sons to battle?

    September 21, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  7. Anna B

    I'm sorry, but has there ever been a campaign as LOW as Romney's? Bringing a foreign countries PM into a US presidential election – really?????!!!!

    September 21, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  8. Marie MD

    So now he needs a foreigner and good friends from years ago to help him in Florida? Too bad he can't find somebody from Mexico to help him with those Latinos who are now just like Blacks regarding voting against him.
    A lot of those unwashed masses, the 47%, in Florida are retired seniors that are on Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. I think they don't want your boy toy vouchers who will kill them faster than you can say I am a lying twit.

    September 21, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    I get it!! Since Romney nor Ryan can speak effectively about US diplomatic and foreign policy Let another nations president ( Netenyahu) dictate what America needs to do.? Paint redlines ( How, when. where why on what pray? ) turn off the red traffic lights on Israel going to war with Iran. Currently NOT suported by all EU nations and the USA and the Arab League.
    Romney should be good at this lets do abit of game theory. ( Before the Hua , hua I'm CIC) ooops silly me congress has to agree! Its war!!!
    Israel attacks Irans nuke facilities. Lebanon ( hezbollah) and Syria ( VIA GOLAN HEIGHTS forget the local Syria civil war) and Gaza (HAMAS) respond big time and not a single Arab nation most of which are predominantly muslim or Islamic, Guess who they will support.
    Wow all this thinking makes my head hurt and sees us potentially spending another trillion $$ a year for another 10 years at least!!
    Romneys stated ideas are disastorous unless you want another enormously costly war. If so use that as part of the reason to vote Romney Ryan but explain please how it reduces the debt.

    September 21, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    This nation is Half-broke because of this ISRAELI-IDIOT. Enough. Israel is a biggest DRAMA.

    September 21, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  11. Donkey Party

    Does the ad mention that Netanyahu is a far right-wing radical extremist who has never wanted peace in the Middle East? Yeah, didn't think so.

    September 21, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |

    Yahoo and mitt the twit leading the charge.

    September 21, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  13. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Netanyahu said that there are people who "are trying to draw me into the American election, and I'm not going to do that."◄

    Yet CNN fails to post the question Netanyahu was asked when he gave that answer – he was asked, "...what he believed were the "major differences" between Romney and Obama regarding Israel and Iran."

    By Netanyahu answering that question in the way he did – BROUGHT HIM INTO THE AMERICAN ELECTION PROCESS!!!! That states he believes his BEST FRIEND Romney – his bud, buddy. But yet Romney got caught out there when he was asked about the "RED LINE" and he agreed with President Obama????????????????? WHAT THE...???

    Flip-Flop Romney cannot be trusted!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    September 21, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  14. NYOD

    When the former Godfather of Israeli intelligence says Netanyahu is wrong about how far Iran's program has progressed, it's important for us to shelve the war rhetoric and work as if we were the leader of the free world. Again and again it has been the war drum beaters who have sacrificed our national treasure when diplomatic remedies were at our disposal - to our detriment.

    September 21, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  15. A little sad

    Netanyahu wants a "red line" so that he can have a trigger to control the US military.

    If Israel wants a war, they can fight it on their own.

    The US Commander in Chief does not outsource control of the military to a foreign country. Romney doesn't understand this. Obama does.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 21, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    As much as I support Israel, this group should not be bringing Netanyahu into the current election. They should be lobbing Congress and the presidential candidates so that they help our only democratic (from the beginning) ally in the Middle East. A foreign head of state can talk to our head of state (and the sec of state) but shouldn't be a part of any political campaign.

    September 21, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  17. w l jones

    They have had a Nuclear war in that area a Billion years ago only cool head can prevent another. Bless.

    September 21, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Pete

    This conservative SuperPac better watch out Netanyahu doesn't like people using him without his approval and this one really doesn't do him justice..This conservative super pac group just shows America what we've known all along that Netanyahu and the Jews here stateside and in Isreal are a bunch of whinning cowards constantly wanting their dirty drawers cleaned,keep up Netanyahu you make the mess your Isreal will clean it up,you're the "chosen ones" to do just that..He's talked to the president and he knows we have his back,but he's also been warned about starting fights his country can't finish and intelligent diplomacy is the better part of valor,so don't say anything you can't back up or Isreal may be on its own..Remember also people who aids who and oil isn't a factor is this debate.It's just ignorent politics as usual from the hypocritical republicans,you know the politically inept ones that are historicly losers and this is just another reason why!!Really pathedic,really desperate!!

    September 21, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. enuff

    So just who is trying to draw him into U.S. elections? Inquiring minds want to know.

    September 21, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Josaphat Daniels.

    I love the state of Israel and I support their right to exist but I think netanyahoo is the worst prime minister of Israel, he wants to go to war with Iran but wants the US to fight his war for him, this man is just playing victim and has been using the antisemitism card to get other countries to fight his war for him, Europe can't stand this jerk and America is almost being
    used a puppet for this moron.

    September 21, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Jake in Omaha

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu need to stay out the the AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.
    Americans don't like outsider in our business.

    September 21, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. TY

    US needS to STOP this madness from another country. He wantS us to do his dirty works and deeds, while he continue to pimp us for FUNDS.................what is really going on here. Just ask Mitt he is the man of WAR and Netanyahu knows this.
    Come on America WAKE UP!

    September 21, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Joan in MS

    Netanyahu is so right-wing he might as well be in the Israeli tea party. All he wants is more war. Who cares what this man says?

    September 21, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Peter N. James

    When any president of the United States declines to visit Israel during his first term, scales back joint military exercises with the State of Israel, and publicly gives the Israeli Prime Minister the back of his hand by stating that he does not have time to see the Prime Minister, it emboldens terrorists who wish to see both Israel and the United States destroyed. These actions send the wrong signal to Muslim fanatics who hate America. Does anyone actually believe that those fanatics who are burning American flags in the Middle East and elsewhere, and killing American diplomats and embassy personnel, will not use nuclear or chemical weapons if they had access to them? Unfortunately, Americans are less safe in the world today than when the Obama Administration took office almost 4 years ago; Muslim fanatics know that the Obama Administration would rather apologize to the Muslim World and lie to the American people than deal with fanatic terrorists. Regrettably, Muslim fanatics will be killing (and kidnapping) more Americans. The current foreign policy of the Obama Administration encourages more terrorism. We are seeing the tip of the iceberg with the Obama Administration paying more attention to the Nov 6th election than very real national security problems. Predictably, it can be anticipated that the administration will launch cruise missiles against "terrorist targets" right before the election. The political objective will be to influence American voters rather than dealing with the real Muslim fanatic terrorism problem. You can take this prediction to the bank!

    September 21, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Canuck

    This is all smoke and mirrors. I don't believe for a minute that, even if they did have a nuclear bomb, the Iranians would be stupid enough to use it preemptively as Netanyahu seems to suggest. When Iran looks around its borders at what has happened to other countries thanks to American aggression you can hardly blame them for wanting to defend themselves. I also abhor the Iranian regime btw.

    September 21, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |