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July 2, 2012 4:10 pm

Romney Trip to Israel This Summer Confirmed by Netanyahu Aide

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Mitt Romney will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this summer, in Israel, according to a senior Netanyahu aide.

The New York Times first reported this story.

“He’s [Romney] a strong friend of Israel and we’ll be happy to meet with him,” said Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Netanyahu. “We value strong bipartisan support for Israel and we’re sure it will only deepen that.”

Romney, who said at this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington that his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel, currently trails President Obama by 35 percentage points among the American-Jewish electorate, according to the most recent polling.

Romney has traveled to the Jewish state 3 times in the past, and in June of this year he said he receives updates from Israeli government officials in order to stay current on regional developments in the Middle East.  Romney also claimed his policies towards Israel would be “the opposite” of President Obama’s if he were elected to the presidency.

According to the New York Times’ report, Romney is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Israeli President Shimon Peres, in addition to his sit down with Netanyahu.

“The prime minister meets Democratic and Republican officials alike,” Dermer said of Netanyahu. “I’m sure they want to broadcast a very strong relationship with Israel, and Israel wants to broadcast a very strong bipartisan relationship with both sides of the aisle.”

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  • Sabra C

    I will bless those who bless Israel and I will curse those who curse Israel. Obama supports those who oppose Israel because he opposes Israel. We need a leader who will make it the first order of business to make the USA to be Israel’s greatest ally. And to denounce all who oppose Israel. Now is the time for a confrontation and I pray that Romney will be the one to stand up and do it!

  • Saidi

    A visit is beneficial for Romney if he will be able to be introduced and the candidate that will not have Israel’s back but will have her front and center.

    In addition, he would have to make sure that all eligible voters in the 2012 upcoming U.S. elections are registered to vote and that their voting opportunities are put in place to facilitate his goals.

  • As long as Muslims revere a sociopath named Mohammad who had 900 unarmed Jews decapitated at Quarazah nothing is possible.

  • As long as Muslims revere a sociopath named Mohammad who had 900 unarmed Jews decapitated at Quarazah nothing is possible.

  • Good..

    Maybe he can talk with them about medical cannabis.. he was so arrogant/ignorant about it last month.

    See, the Israeli’s are on the forefront of cannabis research and are insisting cannabis be a FIRST line of defense before strong and deadly narcotics (their government even grows it for the patients).

    They also, like Europe, have the prescribed “Sativex’ that is being approved in the US as we speak FOR MS (Mitts wife has MS), but at 18 dollars a one time spray, and you have to spray several times a day, well.. cheaper to make your own.

    Anyway Mitt, instead of getting snarky next time a reporter asks you a question a thinking man should at least be able to answer honestly, instead of saying ‘Don’t we have something important to talk about’, maybe you might want to consider it aint all about you.

    Please, for God’s sake Mitt, talk to the Israeli’s.. you need schooling bad on this subject. 1960’s are over.

  • MBenFaivol

    The question will be: will Romney confront Sayyad and Abbas with the fact that the PA has failed to keep one agreement that it has made with Israel be it Oslo, Madrid, Wye River, etc, i.e. they haven’t taken out of their charter–their purpose for existing–language calling for the destruction of Israel, death to the Jews and Israel, possession of all of Israel; the PA schools continuing to teach incitement against Israel; the PA mosques calling for war against Israel every Friday, etc

    • Saidi

      This is not a time for a confrontation. Perhaps, just a benign meeting.