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Romney's Israel speech: Iran will be 'highest national security priority'

The presumptive Republican candidate for president offered few hints of what he would do differently from Obama aside from avoiding public disputes with Israel. 


Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers a speech in Jerusalem Sunday.

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In a signal foreign-policy speech in Jerusalem, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said that preventing Iran from building a nuclear weapon should be the "highest national security priority," and chided President Obama for quarreling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over how to do it.

However, the presumptive Republican nominee for president offered few hints on what he would do differently from the Obama administration. Though a senior adviser, Dan Senor, earlier suggested that Mr. Romney would "respect" an Israeli decision to launch a lone attack, Romney in his speech reiterated the more vague formulation of the Obama administration that "we recognize Israel’s right to defend itself."

He did reproach the president indirectly for chastising the Israeli leaders for saber rattling, a remark made when Mr. Netanyahu last visited Washington.

"It is sometimes said that those who are the most committed to stopping the Iranian regime from securing nuclear weapons are reckless and provocative and inviting war," Romney said. "The opposite is true. We are the true peacemakers."


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