Republican president hopeful Mitt Romney met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday in Jerusalem.
One of Romney’s senior aides said that if he were elected, the United States would support Israel if it struck Iran to stop it from developing a nuclear weapon.
“If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision,” Dan Senor, a national security aide for Romney, told YNet News.
Romney is visiting Israel and other countries to boost his standing on foreign policy during the presidential race.
However, Romney, when questioned in an interview on CBS News “Face the Nation,” appeared not to have the same view as his aide.
“That would be statement, which would be of a different nature than what our nation has already expressed with regard to Iran. What we have said and with which I concur is that we should use every diplomatic and political vehicle that’s available to us to keep Iran from becoming a nuclear capability state,” he said.
He added, “If all those options fail, then we do have other options and we don’t take those other options off the table. But that’s as far as I’m willing to go in terms of discussing this matter while on foreign soil.”
But he said that Israel has the right to “defend itself.”
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