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In Jerusalem, Romney vows strong support

Takes rare step of referring to city as capital of Israel

JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney sought to project a more muscular tone on foreign policy than President Obama on Sunday, emphatically calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel, and declaring Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons “our highest national security priority.”

As the sun set on Jerusalem’s Old City and American and Israeli flags whipped in the wind, Romney stressed the importance of the US-Israeli relationship and pledged to always stand with Israel. “We recognize Israel’s right to defend itself,” Romney said. “And that it is right for America to stand with you.”

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