Romney Falsely Claims President Obama "Said Nothing" In U.N. Speech About Rockets Fired Into Israel

January 26, 2012 10:11 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

During tonight's GOP presidential debate in Jacksonville, Florida, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney claimed that President Obama had not made a reference to or condemned rockets being fired into Israel by Palestinian militant groups when he spoke before the U.N. last September.

ROMNEY: This president went before the United Nations and castigated Israel for building settlements. He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip.


President Obama did in fact refer to rockets during his speech. From the president's speech before the United Stations General Assembly in September 2011.

OBAMA: Let us be honest with ourselves: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel’s citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel’s children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them. Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, look out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution, and fresh memories of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they are. Those are facts. They cannot be denied.