Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) on Monday condemned the attempted attacks on Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Tbilisi, arguing that the U.S. “can’t afford to waver in our support for our closest ally in the Middle East.”
“Today’s acts of terrorism against Israeli diplomats underscore the perilous nature of the world we live in,” Romney said in a statement. “And they underscore the need to stand by our allies in the fight against jihadism. The war against Israel is a war against all democracies, including our own. We can’t afford to let down our guard.”
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) had not issued statements on the attacks as of Monday afternoon.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed the finger at Iran, which he called “the greatest exporter of terror in the world.” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast responded by blaming Israel for the incidents.