Two days after arriving in London for the Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony later this month, Mitt Romney will lay out his Middle East policies and host a fundraiser during a two day stay in Israel, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The fundraiser will include a small group of people willing to pay at least $60,000 per plate, the Post reports. Romney’s stay in Jerusalem, which will begin on July 29, will also include meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
Directly after the fundraising event, the presumed Republican nominee for President will host a conference in Jerusalem to lay out his approach to the pressing issues of the Middle East. The subject of Jonathan Pollard – the Texas born intelligence analyst who was convicted by the United States of spying for Israel – will also be on the agenda, according to Jonny Daniels, an Israeli based political consultant.
Romney has stated in the past that he would be willing to examine Pollard’s case if he reaches the White House.
“It’s going to be a statesmanlike visit, because [Romney] needs to be careful about how everything is perceived,” Daniels told The Post. “It’s exciting to have the president of Israel meet with the next president of the United States four months before he is elected.”
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