Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign said he would “respect” and back Israel if they decided on a preemptive attack on Iran to prevent the country from developing nuclear weapons (video below).
Romney’s senior national security adviser Dan Senor said: “If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing the capability, the governor would respect that decision."
During his meeting with Romney, Netanyahu said: “We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy so far have not set back the Iranian program by one iota. And that’s why I believe that we need a strong and credible military threat coupled with the sanctions to have a chance to change that situation.”
President Barack Obama has said that he has “zero tolerance” for Iranian nuclear weapons, but, like President George W. Bush, he has tried to convince Israel not to take military action as it would destabilize the Middle East.