- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney weighed in on the ongoing tensions between the White House and Israel this week, saying on Fox News that “hell hath no fury like Obama scorned.”

“But I think it’s more than that,” Mr. Romney told host Neil Cavuto. “I think this really revolves not around a peace process with the Palestinians — there is no peace process right now with the Palestinians. No one’s thinking about a … government combined with Hamas being able to sit down and negotiate an agreement — that’s not going on.”

“What this is really about is Iran,” Mr. Romney continued. “And I think that the White House is trying to minimize Bibi Netanyahu and minimize Israel’s concerns at a time they want to push through their own agreement with Iran. And the sad thing is that President Obama and I didn’t agree about much during the 2012 campaign, but one thing we agreed on was the greatest threat to America was a nuclear Iran.”

Mr. Romney said Mr. Obama was trying to push through a deal on Iran’s nuclear program without involving regional partners or the U.S. Congress. He also said a concern is that the political upside of a deal for Mr. Obama, as well as for former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, is so great that “he’ll agree to anything.”

“I think that’s why Israel and Saudi Arabia … even Joe Lieberman — are all coming together and saying, wait a second. This is important. This is the security of America, and the world, and in some cases the existence of other nations,” he said.

Mr. Romney told donors earlier in the year that he was considering a third run for the White House in 2016 but ultimately opted against it and told Mr. Cavuto he was going to be “aggressively neutral” as the GOP field shakes out.


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