September 28, 2012

Romney to speak with Israeli PM Netanyahu

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Mitt Romney is set to speak by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday.

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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Jerusalem. Sometimes it seems as if Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has two running mates. There�s Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to help him out on budgets, deficits and other domestic matters. And then there�s Netanyahu on foreign policy. Netanyahu has been injecting himself into the U.S. presidential race big time. It�s extremely rare, almost unheard of, for a foreign leader to do that. Most, in fact, try their hardest to run the other way. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

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The Republican presidential nominee's campaign confirms the scheduled conversation. It would come the same day that President Barack Obama also is expected to speak with Netanyahu phone.

The economy has dominated the presidential contest so far, but both candidates have focused more on foreign policy in recent weeks.

Romney has been critical of Obama's relationship with Israel's leadership.

Netanyahu told the United Nations on Thursday that tougher action is needed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The prime minister argues that an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities may be the only answer.

Obama and Romney support the use of military force if necessary to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon.

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