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Four lies you’ve been told about Romney’s visit to Israel

by Shmuel Rosner

August 1, 2012 | 12:56 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on July 29. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on July 29. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Netanyahu endorsed Mitt Romney.

No, he didn’t. ‎

We all assume, and for good reason, that the prime minister of Israel would probably ‎want Mitt Romney to get elected, instead of having to deal with a free-of-political-considerations second-term President Barack Obama. We assume this is what Netanyahu wants — hence, we read much too much into what he says and the way he acts standing next to Romney. True, Netanyahu was a gracious host to Romney, but would anyone expect him to not be a gracious host to an American presidential candidate?  True, Netanyahu made remarks implicitly critical of the Obama administration, but he was merely repeating his well-known positions. Bottom line: No matter what Netanyahu says or does, the press will keep reading hidden meanings into it. He was careful not to publicly endorse Romney. It is we, the viewers, looking at him with our biased interpretation and reading an endorsement into it.‎

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