Romney: “Before Iran Recognizes ‘Israel’s Right To Exist,’ We Need Obama To Do So”

“Slamming world powers’ framework nuclear deal with Iran, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded that any final deal include a “clear and unambiguous Iranian recognition of Israel’s right to exist.” Netanyahu has been perhaps the most vocal critic of nuclear talks with Iran, insisting again and again it can’t be trusted. He took his case to the US Congress last month, at a time before negotiators had hammered out any sort of agreement, over the objections of President Barack Obama.

“There’s never been any dispute about his take, but the Prime Minister has sharpened his rhetoric in recent days, saying the deal increases the risk of a “horrific war.” Netanyahu has lobbied hard for a deal that dismantles and disassembles Iran’s nuclear infrastructure – rather than limiting its usage or repurposing Iran’s facilities – but such stipulations were not part of the framework agreement. He has also called for the removal of sanctions to be tied to the reduction of what he characterizes as Iran’s aggression in the region, not just its moves on its nuclear program.

“In the absence of both elements, Netanyahu is calling the emerging deal a historic mistake. After an emergency Cabinet meeting Friday afternoon hours before the Jewish holiday of Passover, Netanyahu said the agreement “would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the state of Israel.”

““…I want to make clear to all: The survival of Israel is non-negotiable,” Netanyahu said. “Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period.”

However, speaking exclusively with Newslo, Mitt Romney said that “there must always be an order to things, regardless of how urgent political priorities appear to be at first glance, especially when it comes to Iran.”

“I can certainly understand Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concern for the well-being of his country,” Romney said. “The man is a true patriot and that’s very commendable. In fact, the situation he is in at the moment is a lot like the situation America was in throughout most of the 20th century, with the Soviet Union breathing down our neck. However, even then, there was order and there were priorities, and Netanyahu needs to get his head around that as soon as possible.”

Romney added: “I know he’s concerned, but he must understand one thing. Before Iran can acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as an independent and sovereign country, President Obama needs to do so first. This is the way things need to be done, and this is the order that must be followed. To do otherwise is to disrespect the United States as the single most powerful empire in the history of the world.”