AIPAC Mtg in Tampa: Romney Pays Surprise Visit

Mitt Romney made an unannounced appearance at a meeting of AIPAC in Tampa, Florida. (Sept 1, 2011)


We hope all of you are enjoying the Labor Day weekend!

As we anticipate Mitt Romney’s Tea Party Express speech this evening, we wanted to report on an unscheduled Mitt event last week.

Before The Gov addressed the Republican National Hispanic assembly and opened his campaign headquarters in Tampa, FL on Friday, he paid a surprise visit to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). They were meeting in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa on Thursday (9/1/11).

AIPAC is a group that actively supports Israel.

We don’t have a report of what he said but we know he was well received. When he appeared, the audience came to their feet to give him a standing ovation.

The photo was tweeted by Eric Fehrnstrom.

The Tea Party Express Rally will begin this evening at 5:34 PM EDT at Rollins Park in Concord, New Hampshire.

We’re happy TPE has given Mitt the opportunity to be heard. Good luck this evening, Gov! We’re with you!

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► Jayde Wyatt

President Obama has Thrown Israel Under the Bus

President Obama gave his anticipated Middle East Speech. This speech was particularly important because the President’s foreign policy stances in regards to the Middle East seem so incoherent and devised on a case-by-case basis. As Governor Romney said at CPAC, “I surely hope that at some point in the near future, the President will finally be able to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy.” However, Gov. Romney and all of us are horrified by what the President revealed today. Despite warnings that President Obama may be the most anti-Israel President in our nation’s history, this situation is something we’ve hoped we would never have to confront. Many Americans are struggling to make sense of what President Obama said today.

The Drudge Report picked up on The Hill reporting that Gov. Romney led republicans in criticizing the speech:

Romney strongly criticized Obama, who, in a speech at the State Department, called for Israel to return to its border lines as drawn before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

‘President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace,’ Romney said in a statement.

‘He has also violated a first principle of American foreign policy, which is to stand firm by our friends,’

The timing of this speech by our President is even more despicable. Israel’s Prime Minister is scheduled to address Congress tomorrow and that fact explains why President Obama made this speech when he did. The speech wasn’t scheduled at all until Prime Minister Netanyahu announced he was coming to the U.S. to address Congress. Trying to upstage an American ally like this is unbelievable. President Obama treated Prime Minister Netanyahu horribly on his last visit and this treatment is even worse. Here’s what Netanyahu said when he heard about President Obama’s speech today:

Netanyahu, in keeping with his previous statements, called the proposal militarily ‘indefensible’ in a statement. ‘Israel believes that in order for peace to prevail, the establishment of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the State of Israel’s existence,’ he said. ‘The Palestinians, and not only the United States, must recognize Israel as the Jewish people’s nation-state’.

President Bush signed an agreement with Israel in 2004 that we would never ask Israel to return to pre-1967 borders in return for their concessions. Today, President Obama essentially ripped the agreement up and threw it away. Israel didn’t make this agreement with President Bush. Israel made this agreement with the United States of America.

What makes this even more disappointing to the Jewish community is that President Obama is scheduled to deliver an address at the AIPAC Policy Conference this weekend. The group sent out an e-mail to attendees before the President threw Israel under the bus today urging members to applaud the President and essentially not boo. That is going to be even harder to accomplish now.

OneNewsNow is conducting an online poll asking “How would you rate Barack Obama’s treatment of Israel since he took office?” Feel free to make your opinion known by voting in that poll.

If you’re still confused by this whole ordeal, Dr. Charles Krauthammer explains “What Obama’s MENA Speech Means“.

UPDATE
Democratic senior statesman Ed Koch says Israel is facing its “most dangerous and critical period” and he is ready to break with his party in the next presidential election over President Obama’s policies on the Middle East. the former New York City mayor said, “Mitt Romney correctly summed it up when he said that President Obama has once again thrown Israel under the bus.

Add Ed Koch to the growing list of people who regret voting for President Obama in 2012 and who will likely vote for Gov. Romney in 2012!

Romney’s Remarks to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee Summit

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Governor Romney addressed the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2009 summit in San Diego this morning. Here is a link to their website to learn more of what they are about.

Short take on Romney’s speech from Chris Cillizza’s The Fix:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) condemned the Obama Administration’s approach toward Iran, a republic he described as “unalloyed evil” and controlled by “ruthless and fanatical” leaders in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today in San Diego.

“Stop thinking that a charm offensive will talk the Iranians out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons,” said Romney. “It will not.” Later in the address, he punctuated that sentiment by noting: “Once an outstretched hand is met with a clenched fist, it becomes a symbol of weakness and impotence.”

Nice.

*Addendum by Jayde in reference to the following paragraph from Mitt’s AIPAC 2009 speech:

Earlier this month, senior staff members of the U.N. nuclear agency concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb. We also learned of a previously secret, illegal uranium enrichment facility that the Iranians had been hiding near Qom. A nuclear Iran would be a tipping point in the proliferation of nuclear regimes. It is beyond the scope of this address to provide a detailed tactical and strategic approach to Iran, as I endeavored to do at the Herzylia conference two years ago. In that address, I detailed the six critical steps that would have to immediately be taken to dissuade Iran from nuclear folly. Not a single one of them has been taken by America.

Governor Romney’s 2007 Herzliyah Conference speech outlining six critical steps that could have been taken to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear capabilities can be found here.

Mitt Romney remarks as prepared for the AIPAC 2009 national summit in San Diego:

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