I wouldn't place too much importance on Romney election hype - Israeland Iran are not important electoral issues. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Helen
    • 06.11.12 | 14:33 (IST)

    I hope that Obama wins the election but I really don't think that if Romney does win it will make mcuh difference re Iran. Of course a President Romney can choose to pursue negotiations with Iran regardless of election hype noise. After Iraq it would be very difficult for a Republican President to get the USA involved in yet another ME war or to covertly arm Iranian opposition with all the unintended consequences of such an action. No American President has been able to use his influence to guide Israel into resolving the I/P conflict on just terms - Obama has not been successful and Romney could not do worse if his preferred approach is to kick the can and wait. The economic and military constraints that Obama has had to form his foreign policy in are not going to magically change simply because Obama ceases to be President. Nor will the relative decline of American diplomatic, economic and military power be reversed. Israel will continue on with its expansionism and its occupation - the USA cannot or willnot influence this - until the USA finally has to choose between maintaining good relations with its other more important allies, such as the EU, Turkey etc and its blind support of Israel and then it will quietly ditch Israel. The main challenge facing the USA is the rise of China - just why would the USA expend its precious diplomatic currency propping up a small little ME state that is morphing into a rightwing theocracy? It makes no sense.

    from the article: Thanks, Mr. Romney, for explaining why Jews should vote Obama
    First published 13:36 05.11.12 | Last updated 13:36 05.11.12
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