Israeli Embassy says bipartisan support paramount

Bipartisan U.S. support is a “paramount” Israeli interest, the Israeli Embassy said in response to a pro-Romney ad that shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning about Iran.

“The support that Israel receives from both sides of the American political aisle is a paramount national interest,” the embassy said in response to a request for comment on the ad.

The ad uses a clip from a news conference Netanyahu delivered on Sept. 11. His remarks that day were seen as aimed against the Obama administration.

Secure America Now, a Republican  political action committee, is paying for the ad, which is airing in South Florida and other swing states with large Jewish populations.

Since the news conference, Netanyahu has said he does not intend to insert himself into the presidential race. — jta