Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?
October 8th, 2012
06:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Fact check: Did Obama say he wants 'daylight' between U.S., Israel?

(CNN) - Throughout his campaign, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has cast himself as an ardent backer of Israel - and, either directly or indirectly, suggested that President Barack Obama hasn't been similarly supportive.

The former Massachusetts governor lashed out again Monday in a speech at the Virginia Military Institute, criticizing Obama on several points. Among them was Israel, with Romney stating the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has suffered great strains" in recent years.


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  1. Gurgyl

    Israel is all farce. Ok. They are playing with USA.

    October 8, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. myviewis

    Well, it was Obama who would not make time to meet with Netanyahu but Obama did make time for such things as an appearance on The View......Based on Obama's actions I would say that Romney is correct......"Romney stating the relationship between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu"

    October 8, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Pete

    I'd want some space between myself and Netanyahu too,he's irratating..He cries constantly about Irans nuclear processing and he doesn't know when to shut up!!We're are the family of a black sheep of sorts,Isreal and its people ,always giving something, getting nothing in return but more of the same the constant badgering,crying ,whinning,you know the chosen ones.We know what's going on,we aren't deaf,blind or otherwise,just having a little more than 7.5 million in Isreal to worry about when in our own country is 350 million population that's all and a lot of others besides Isreal that depend on us also!!Netanyahu quit being annoying,we're there for you,we've got your back unless you push the button first then we'll come in after to clean up the mess as usual,at least we could do for the chosen ones right!!

    October 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Thomas

    How ironic what Mitt Romney did today by repeatedly invoking the memory of General George Marshall in his most significant foreign policy Speech .Romney will open and close his speech with homage to Marshall.

    As Secretary of State, Marshall strongly opposed recognizing the state of Israel. Marshall felt that if the state of Israel was declared that a war would break out in the Middle East (which it did in 1948 one day after Israel declared independence). Marshall saw recognizing the Jewish state as a political move to gain Jewish support in the upcoming election, in which Truman was expected to lose to Dewey. He told President Truman in May 1948, "If you (recognize the state of Israel) and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.


    I kid you not !
    If General George Marshall was still alive , what would he say to Mitt's five sons who sacrificed so much ?

    October 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. yasmine

    liar... liar pants on fire

    October 8, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    More topics, more lies from Mitt. From the Republican primaries to now, this guy has lied. Lies, told with great conviction are still lies. Anything to get what you want, right Mitt? Sociopath...

    October 8, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Jose Hinojosa

    What we need are not token tax breaks to stimulate Americans to spend more. This is not a permanent fix to job growth,and will only create low paying jobs where families will continue to struggle and do not get off the Government assistance rolls.Real job growth are folks making a living wage where taxes can be paid ,homes purchased and hope dignity restored.Millions spent on an election could and should have been used to create jobs.A Campaign Promise is fleeting a Real Job lasts a lifetime.

    October 8, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Indy

    Based on Romneys record we have to assume this is a lie because it is extremely rare that Romney tells the truth, he lies so much he will not even be able to get a job as a bank teller or on the set of Sesame Street after he loses the election

    October 8, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |