Mitt Coming to Israel, Banking on Obama’s Cool Ties with Netanyahu (JEWISH PRESS) By: Dovid Schwartz 07/22/12)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will leave on Wednesday
for a week-long trip to the Olympics in London, Poland, and Israel.
Romney’s visit to Israel will be an opportunity to appeal to both
Jewish voters and pro-Israel evangelical voters. He will also take
advantage of his good relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, whose relationship with President Obama is on the rocky
Romney aides say the trip is a “listen and learn” tour, meaning the
candidate is not planning to make any policy pronouncements. Readers
may recall that candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 trip abroad was a huge
success, especially when he spoke to a very large audience in Berlin,
declaring, “The walls between old allies on either side of the
Atlantic cannot stand.”
According to Reuters, in London Romney will meet Prime Minister David
Cameron and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Romney is planning to do some fund raising from Americans living in
In Warsaw and Gdansk, Romney will hold talks with Polish officials
and former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa.
Romney has criticized Obama’s handling of Iran in no uncertain terms,
and vowed not to allow it to develop a nuclear weapon. Romney made
few friends in Tehran by declaring that “ultimately, regime change is
what’s going to be necessary.”
“The focus of the trip really is about learning, listening … and it’s
about continuing to project Governor Romney’s strong view that
America needs to stand by its allies, particularly allies that are
under siege, like Israel,” said Romney foreign policy adviser Dan
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Jerusalem in May
and heard complaints from the Israeli leadership about the current
state of the U.S.-Israeli relationship, a source familiar with her
meetings told Reuters.
Then there’s the fact that President Obama has skipped Israel on his
trips to the region.
“It’s not a trivial issue that Obama has not been to Israel during
his presidency,” Republican foreign policy expert Michael Goldfarb
told Reuters. “Of course he went as a candidate, but he ran as a pro-
Israeli figure and in office has not lived up to his promises.” (©
2012 JewishPress. 07/22/12)
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