Romney cancels meeting with party leaders in Israel
July 29th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney cancels meeting with party leaders in Israel

Jerusalem (CNN) - The leaders of the liberal Labor Party in Israel took issue with Mitt Romney's decision to cancel a meeting during the presumptive GOP nominee's trip in Israel on Sunday.

Romney made a "last-minute cancellation" with Labor Party Leader Shelly Yachimovich, according to Labor parliamentary member Isaac Herzog, who was also scheduled to take part in the session.

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"It is a pity that Governor Romney did not have the opportunity to hear about the political and economical alternative that exists today to Netanyahu's Government and that alternative is the Labor Party," Herzog said in a statement.

Yachimovich leads the party that, until recently, had served as the primary opposition group to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, when the Kadima Party left the coalition government, it became the de facto opposition group.

Kadima Party Chairman Shaul Mofaz announced his party's departure from the coalition in mid July over failed attempts to agree on an alternative to the law that exempts ultra-Orthodox men from serving in the Israeli army.

Romney's campaign had listed the meeting on its schedule as recently as Saturday.

The campaign, however, said in a statement Sunday that they originally agreed to set up the meeting with the opposition "in keeping with diplomatic protocol," but since the Labor Party no longer represents the opposition, the meeting was canceled.

"The governing coalition and the makeup of the opposition has gone through changes recently and we have worked with the Israelis to ensure that the Governor's meeting schedule reflects these changes in keeping with protocol," said Romney spokesman Rick Gorka.

Earlier in the day, Romney met with Kadima Party Leader Mofaz, and separately with Netanyahu.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. rs

    Gaff #4: trying to influence the politics of another nation- while not an official representative of the United States.

    Answer this Mr. Romney- How does encouraging Israel to attack Iran, or attacking Iran ourselves on Israel's behalf (in place of say, diplomacy) benefit the goals of the United States?

    July 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. 1twinsfan

    And the blunder tour continues.

    July 29, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. mk1

    Hey,"severely conservative" Romney doesn't want that image tarnished by meeting with of all things liberals. Heaven forbid.

    July 29, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. josef

    romney had cancelled his meeting because of Netanyahu pressure.
    thus, insulsts the the leader of the main opposition party (second only to Netanyahu's Likud party) in Israel.
    a pitty that a gut that sees himself as the next leader of the American people, acts this way and hurt many israelis as myself.

    July 29, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Gandalf the White

    rs, If Israel were to attach Iran, it would not benefit the United States, per se. It would benefit Romney personally, and Halliburton, and all of the other "outsourced" military corporations and their shareholders. And it is beneficial to the US to have a military presence in the Middle East, to protect the for-profit oil companies (for free.)
    Before we support Israel so staunchly, and with so much money, one might look at how they treat the Palestinians in their own country, and demand that they honor their basic human rights. Blaming Nazi Germany on their own treatment of people living in their country makes no sense, and it makes no sense that the US support that.

    July 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Jeff In Oregon

    Ooooh, so he wants to be the leader of all people and views in this country. Really? You would think he would take the time to meet with everyone, wouldn't you? He is a 1%er only interested in the 1%ers.

    July 29, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Larry L

    The clown car stops in Israel... Republicans should be so ashamed of offering America this spoiled moron.

    July 29, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. julie

    don't cha just LOVE mitts foreign he winning them over or WHAT...they're stil talking about him in London
    he has such charm and grace can blend right in with average folks.............


    July 29, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. cali ha ha

    Wow. I hear another flip coming

    July 29, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Grow up already...

    So being divisive in the US and Great Britian is enough for you, Mitt? You need to add Israel to the list? Why to go! Why don't you just keep on going....?

    July 29, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Grow up already...

    Figures. Hearing one point of view is enough for most Republicans...

    July 29, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. birdhouse9

    Hahaha.. this man is a complete moron. He wants to talk war? Maybe he can ride in on that overly expensive horse of his and fight in it himself.

    July 29, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. SafeJourney

    Mitt the Twit. After insulting the English, mitt Has now insulted a large part of Israeli people . On to Poland where he can tell a polish joke.
    My God, GOP, what the hell are you thinking.,

    July 29, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Jeff

    The question needs to be asked to Mitt by the media. If you get us in war are you willing to sacrifice your sons and advise them to enlist and go fight on the front line.

    July 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Peace

    He better come back home immediately. The whole trip seems to be in a shamble. He didn't know the name of the opposition leader in England and called him Mr. Leader. How rude now to cancel the meeting at the last minute?? Romney, you have so far scored a big F in foreign matters.

    July 29, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    He's too old and too tired to keep a rigorous schedule. Even his wife says he tires easly.

    I don't trust him, and don't think he's up to a 24/7 job. Not now, not 4 years ago, not ever.

    I don't trust him.

    July 29, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Did Romney Decide this or Adel$on

    Romney will not make any decisions without asking his Sugar Daddy.

    July 29, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. M-W-T

    santorum was right

    July 29, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Romney please come back home soon. It’s getting worst

    July 29, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Grow up already...

    Let's give Mitt a couple of moments... He may change his mind...

    July 29, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. rjc116

    Smart move. Romney doesn't need to get into the weeds of Israeli politics at this time. For all the insulting remarks he receives from the leftist press he still manages to keep his head. He knows how to make decisions. Yes, sometimes he speaks too frankly but I am not disturbed by his honesty and sincerity.

    July 29, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. greg

    I just don't understand how anyone could possibly think this man is Presidential material. He just doesn't seem to care about all people, just those like him. .... (so many more things to say, just dont know where to start.. so I will just go with UGH!)

    July 29, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. lreed580

    It's being reported that he canceled due to pressure from Netanyahu

    July 29, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. M-W-T

    There's something wrong with this guy.......I don't know what it is yet.....but, there is definitely something there that I can vote for......

    July 29, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Darryl

    I can't believe this guy is in the slightest is the GOP,Republican T-Partys choice.The most discusting represenative of the U.S. in History. Everybody better believe if and any decisions he would and will make will be going to the Book of Mormon for his answers, NOT GOOD! Go Back to Wallstreet Mitt, and do what you do best, Spread sheets,shutting down bussinesses for profit reguardless of the workers,stuffing huge amounts of money you made not always honestly and putting it in Banks overseas to avoid paying TAXES. PLEASE, just GO. You are so done !

    July 29, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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