Romney in Israel
January 14th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney in Israel

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's week-long trip in the Middle East has taken the all-but-declared presidential candidate to Israel, where he scored a sit down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the former Massachusetts governor is the first of many likely 2012 presidential candidates to venture to Israel ahead of the race for the White House in a demonstration of solidarity with the longtime U.S. ally.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Netanyahu said the two men focused on security issues, including those surrounding threats posed by Iran.

Earlier in the week, Romney visited Afghanistan where he met with President Hamid Karzai. He's expected to go to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates next.

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  1. Tom

    According to Jerusalem Post, Mitt Romney is the first likely presidential candidates for 2012 who will visit Israel to get approval by Netanyahu to run for the US President. Yes, we knew that. No american president will be elected if not approved by Israel.

    January 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio

    What next, Mitt, you're now a Zionist-Mormon, ala John Hagee here in San Antonio who now calls himself a Zionist-Christian? This has agenda written all over it. By the way, Mitt, you can talk all you want with Israel, they will do what they want, when they want and for whatever reason because they operate on their own timetable – period. But feel free to dazzle them with your acumen.

    January 14, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Guest

    Who is paying for a governor to vist these countries? Our banks? Oil companies? Tax payers?

    January 14, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Jason

    "Demonstration of solidarity with the longtme US ally?"

    Britain, Australia, and Canada have always been and are rated as a more special and reliable ally of the United States...its interesting then as to why these neoconservatives only make a pilgrimage to Israel vis a vis their political Presidential aspirations?

    Could it be open pandering for the influence and money of the Jewish American community?

    January 14, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. SayWhat

    Nothing like some good old pandering Mitt.

    January 14, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Name king

    I have to say this the only repug that might have some sense and
    Might be the one that Obama have the most problem with that why I am hoping that he does not get the primary nomination. He is wise and if need to might might show common sense against his party's ideologies. But he has that one flaw that will devastate this country and that the conservative stance on not raising taxes putting all the burden on the middle class and the poor, since they refuse to mess with 90 percent of budget programs such as the arm forces and the social security, Medicare, and health insurance. Even though most of the people who voted to reduce the deficit is on these programs.

    January 14, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Old Dinosaur

    Say Hello to the next President of the United States...God willing. Romney doesn't have to re-learn the failure of public healthcare programs, he has lived it. It is very disturbing to me always as I read these blogs calling for religion to be out of America's government and moral decision making processes. Consider where we are morally in our school systems, our television programs and what we are now indoctrinating our youth as to what their world is it better or worse since the 50- 60's era of social behaviors? I would say all that you have to do is watch an MTV program then follow it up with an RTV program like Bonanza or Rifleman...respectively, one teaches irresponsible behavior, decadence and mayhem while the other retro programs all have a moral lesson of right found in nearly every episode...where and when did we go wrong, aside from 2008?

    January 14, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Enough is Enough

    If elected I hope Mitt won't continue the long standing tradition of sending U.S. tax dollars to build illegal settlements on stolen land.

    January 14, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. AqChicago

    The conservative GOP is trying to be cosy with the Jewish community purely for votes. Focus on Iran, focus on the wrong things that the militant palestinians do vs. the overall good strides take by Abbas and co; focus on all the wrong things about the palestinians so Netanyahu can buy time, grab more lands, etc. Not sure why these logical facts still defies some brains in the GOP.

    January 14, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |