Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is known for his close personal relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Seeking to brush up his foreign policy credentials and build support among Jewish and Evangelical voters, Romney will travel to Israel this summer.
The trip will include a visit with Netanyahu but also a meeting with Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority; President Shimon Peres of Israel; the American ambassador, Daniel B. Shapiro; and leaders of the opposition Labor Party in Jerusalem. Mr. Romney plans to have at least one public event in a trip that will likely last less than two days.
This will be Mr. Romney’s fourth visit to Israel. He first came with his family on a Mormon Church trip, according to a campaign official, then served as a keynote speaker at the Herzliya Conference on security in 2007. In January 2011, he spent three days here during a swing that also included Afghanistan and Jordan.
In any case, despite the tight schedule I hope Mr. Romney and his wife will enjoy the Mediterean sea like they did Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H..
It's rare for a presidential candidate to leave the US prior to elections, so we sure do appreciate the support here in Israel.