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posted: 8/10/2012 5:00 AM

Romney's statement driven by donation?

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Last week, Mitt Romney told Israel that he would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. This act has been rejected by every president, Republican and Democrat, for 40 years. Such a foolish act serves no purpose other than to ensure that there will never be peace in the Middle East and to infuriate 12 nations in that area.

Please remember that the first oil crisis (when prices went through the clouds and we stood in long lines) was caused by the Middle East perception of an unfair U.S. bias toward Israel. Why would Romney make such a blunder? A little background: Last winter, backed by a $15 million donation from billionaire Sheldon Adelson, Newt Gingrich said that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem on his first day as president. On July 28, in Israel and with Sheldon Adelson in the first row and with a new promise to contribute $100 million to his campaign, Romney repeated Gingrich's regrettable statement.

Are we really going to allow our national interests to be dictated by the dollars of the moneyed few? This has to stop.

Robert E. Griffith

Arlington Heights

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