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Netanyahu Stars in Ad on Iran Targeting Fla. Jewish Voters

By Todd Beamon   |   Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 11:36 PM


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is featured in a new $1 million ad scheduled for Florida that seeks to make Iran a major campaign issue.

According to Fox News, Netanyahu’s words are from a recent news conference in which he expressed frustration that the Obama White House has failed to establish “red lines” for controlling Iran and its rogue nuclear weapons program.

"The fact is that every day that passes, Iran gets closer and closer to a nuclear bomb,” Netanyahu says, according to Fox. “The world tells Israel, wait, there's still time. And I say wait for what? Wait until when?"

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The prime minister mentions neither President Barack Obama, with whom he has a frosty relationship, nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney, with whom Netanyahu worked in the mid-1970s at a Boston Consulting Group.

A voice-over at the end of the ad underscores Netanyahu’s message: "The world needs American strength, not apologies."

The ad, paid for by nonprofit advocacy group Secure America Now, is targeted toward Florida’s heavily-Jewish markets, Fox reports. Those include Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers.

Florida is considered a toss-up, according to recent polls, and its 29 electoral votes could swing the election.

Secure America paid $1 million for the spot, Fox reports.

“Sizable majorities in both states believe that Iran will share nuclear weapons with terrorists,” Jeri Thompson, advisory board member for Secure America Now, told Fox. “Support for Israel remains strong.

“In short, [Netanyahu's] a powerful messenger with a powerful message who the American people believe.”

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