Washingon, D.C., United States (4E) – To increase his appeal to Jewish voters as well as donors for November’s presidential elections, the Romney campaign announced on Monday that the former Massachusetts governor has scheduled a trip to Israel this summer.
This will actually be Romney’s fourth to Israel, although his campaign did not provide a specific date for the visit. Romney has indicated that he will visit London for the Summer Olympic Games on July 27, and the trip to Israel could coincide with the London visit.
A senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, has confirmed Monday that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will meet with the Prime Minister and other prominent leaders during his visit there. Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN earlier this year that he admired Romney but stopped short of making an endorsement.
A report by the New York Times said that Romney would be seeing a number of personalities including Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad. The trip is said to last one to two days and he would be in attendance in at least one public event.
A spokesperson for the Romney campaign also confirmed that former Barclays CEO Robert Diamond will no longer co-host the fundraiser event for Romney in London. Diamond, who resigned his CEO post this week, is facing inquiry from British authorities regarding the London-based bank’s involvement in an interest rate-fixing scandal.
In the 2008 presidential elections, Jewish voters overwhelmingly supported Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama in his bid for the White House against Republican senator John McCain, giving him 78 per cent support according to national exit polls. Jewish voters traditionally throw their support to the Democrats. Among the swing states that have a large Jewish population are Ohio and Florida.
During the campaign trail, Romney has been critical of Obama’s policy on Israel. The president has publicly opposed some of Netanyahu’s actions on issues like Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas and planned military strikes to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.
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