2012 Presidential Election

The Major Issues: Side-by-Side Analysis



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OBAMA / BIDEN

ROMNEY / RYAN


President Obama has strongly objected to Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare statehood, condemned Palestinian incitement against Israel, and demanded that Hamas forgo violence and recognize Israel.

President Obama prevented Palestinian efforts to unilaterally seek statehood through the United Nations and was actively engaged behind the scenes encouraging our partners and allies not to support Palestinian efforts to circumvent direct negotiations with Israel.

The Obama administration has repeatedly condemned instances of Palestinian incitement against Jews and Israel.


- Barack Obama Official Website

President Obama and the Democratic Party seek peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state.

At the same time, the President has made clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met. President Obama will continue to press Arab states to reach out to Israel. We will continue to support Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan ... the President and the Democratic Party continue to encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace, we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements ...

Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.  The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.

- Democratic Party Platform 2012


As president, Mitt Romney will reject any measure that would frustrate direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He will make clear to the Palestinians that the unilateral attempt to decide issues that are designated for final negotiations by the Oslo Accords is unacceptable.

The United States will reduce assistance to the Palestinians if they continue to pursue United Nations recognition or form a unity government that includes Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction. The United States must work as a country to resist the worldwide campaign to delegitimize Israel. We must fight against that campaign in every forum and label it the anti-Semitic poison that it is. Israel’s existence as a Jewish state is not up for debate.

- Mitt Romney Official Website

We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states – Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine – living in peace and security.

The Palestinian people must support leaders who reject terror, embrace the institutions and ethos of democracy, and respect the rule of law ... Israel should not be expected to negotiate with entities pledged to her destruction.

The U.S. seeks a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, negotiated between the parties themselves with the assistance of the U.S., without the imposition of an artificial timetable. Essential to that process will be a just, fair, and realistic framework for dealing with the issues that can be settled on the basis of mutually agreed changes reflecting today’s realities as well as tomorrow’s hopes.

- Republican Party Platform 2012


“Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations — if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now … Ultimately, it is the Israelis and the Palestinians - not us - who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them.”

- Barack Obama (September 21, 2011)


"[The President] must make clear that if the Palestinian Authority succeeds in gaining any type of U.N. recognition, the United States will cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians ... Actions that compromise the interests of the United States ... must have consequences."

- Mitt Romney (September 20, 2011)




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