In light of Mitt Romney’s announcement this weekend that Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be his running mate – and the Republican VP Candidate – for this 2012 presidential race, we wanted to revisit some of Rabbi Eckstein’s reflections on the upcoming U.S. election:
Can Mitt Romney be trusted to deliver his promises to Israel? Can Israel put its existential fate into the hands of President Obama, who assures the Israelis that America is committed to do whatever needs to be done to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear bomb? Can we trust him in a second term to deliver?
I wonder about these things – am I the only one? It seems only fair to ask if our candidates will deliver on their promises. For instance, virtually every candidate for President over the past 20 years has called for the American embassy to finally be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But then, after they win the election, they don’t follow through.
All of this is to say that, frankly, I don’t trust fully the pronouncements of any candidate - nor certainly would I rely on their promises and lofty declarations when our very survival is at stake. So what do you do? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
We originally posted Rabbi Eckstein’s thoughts on The Fellowship‘s Bridge blog, and got some great comments. So, comment below, and check out the conversation there too!