Romney declares Jerusalem to be Israel's capital

By the Associated Press | July 29, 2012 | 1:40 PM EDT

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses next to the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Mitt Romney is calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel" and is pledging to stand with the U.S. ally.

The U.S. presidential candidate says in a speech in Jerusalem that America must stand with Israel. The Republican says both countries believe in democracy, the rule of law and opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear power.

Romney also is calling Israel "the startup nation."

Jerusalem is a flashpoint in the region. Both Israelis and Palestinians have claimed rights to the city.

Romney says the United States must be "unapologetic ambassadors" to push to advance the values that the United States and Israel share. Romney says the United States will always stand with Israel, including its insistence that Jerusalem be the cornerstone of Israel.