Hayden: Romney Will Improve Relations with Israel

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 04:44 PM

By Jim Meyers and John Bachman

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden tells Newsmax that a President Mitt Romney would seek to establish better “personal relationships’ with Israeli leaders than President Obama has during his nearly four years in office.

U.S.-Israeli relations were a major issue discussed in Monday night’s presidential debate. Asked if Romney would improve those relations if he is elected president, retired 4-star Air Force Gen. Hayden responds: “I think the governor’s returned to that theme throughout the campaign.

“How much he did or did not say last night I do not think changed the center line of the view that he personally — and I need to underscore that word personally — viewed the relationship with Israel to be very important, and that he personally would tend to the health of the relationship.

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“The president made some good points about the strength of the military and security and intelligence cooperation. That is all really quite good. I think what the governor was suggesting here was that he was going to tend to this account, not on the wholesale level with kind of broad speeches and comments, but on the retail level — establishing a kind of personal relationship with the Israeli leadership that actually strengthens our hands in the relationship in terms of making sure we are doing things that are mutually beneficial, rather than running at cross purposes.”

Watch the exclusive interview here.

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