“It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
Our two nations are separated by more than 5,000 miles. But for an American abroad, you can’t get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Israel. We’re part of the great fellowship of democracies. We speak the same language of freedom and justice, and the right of every person to live in peace. We serve the same cause and provoke the same hatreds in the same enemies of civilization.
It is my firm conviction that the security of Israel is in the vital national security interest of the United States. And ours is an alliance based not only on shared interests but also on enduring shared values.”
Romney’s speech honored the past tragedies that are memorialized on Tisha B’Av and he looked forward reminding Israel that the United States stands with them as allies against countries like Iran.
“We have seen the horrors of history. We will not stand by. We will not watch them play out again.”
At a time when the current U.S. administration’s attitude toward Israel is tepid at best and when Press Secretary Carney is unable to acknowledge Israel’s chosen capital this speech by Romney is refreshingly clear.
You can read the text of Romney’s speech here.