What does it signify, for an American like Mitt Romney, unskilled in international politics and innocent of the complexities of the Middle East, to back the pressure now being exerted by Benjamin Netanyahu against the advice of the American president and against the advice of high-ranking intelligence and military officers in Israel? It means that Romney is not friend of Israel so much as he is a friend of Netanyahu. Or rather, for Romney, as for the billionaires he had in tow on his Israel trip, the personal is political. For them, Netanyahu is Israel.
As negotiations aimed at controlling Iran's nuclear program continue, two things are crystal clear. First, our national security and intelligence leadership believes a negotiated solution is our best path to resolving the issue. Second, Americans strongly favor a negotiated solution and oppose another Middle East war.