Mitt Romney seems to have won last night’s Republican presidential debate, but along the way he delivered up a few WHOPPERS about President Obama’s public statements concerning Israel.
Romney said Obama “went before the United Nations and castigated Israel for building settlements. He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained on Israel from the Gaza Strip.”
In fact, Obama invoked the threat of rockets into Israel in that speech last fall. “Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them,” he said.
Obama has taken a tough stand on Israeli settlements. However, the Obama administration strongly defended Israel’s interests twice last year at the United Nations. The United States was the only country to veto a February resolution in the U.N. Security Council calling for a halt in Israeli construction in the West Bank. The United States also pledged to veto the Palestinians’ bid to join the United Nations and lobbied against the bid going forward. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Obama’s opposition as a “badge of honor.”