Romney cancels meeting with party leaders in Israel
July 29th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
11 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agreed to set up the meeting with the opposition "in keeping with diplomatic protocol," but since the Labor Party no longer represents the opposition, the meeting was canceled.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. One War at a time!

    If Romney gets hls war with Iran, then gas prices will skyrocket, and Hoover's Great Depression will seem like the good old days!! We have been down this road before. "If we do not fight the communist, in Vietnam, then we will have to fight them here." "Go ahead and fight the USSR now, over Cuba,, because we will have to fight them one day anyway." " We have to invade Iraq, or we could see mushroom clouds over U.S. cities." During the Civil war, Llincoln was encouraged to declare war on Great Britian for stopping American Ships. Lincoln replied, " one war at a time." We do not need a 3rd war. Will Romney raise taxes to pay for another war, or will he do what we did with the bill for Iraq, and that is borrow the money, and let our children pay for it?

    July 29, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Adelson is Romney's "puppet master" in Israel.

    July 29, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. HereWeGoAgain!

    I guess THE TWO PARTY system has really tunnel visioned this American leader..."diplomatic protocol"? REALLY? What is diplomatic about blowing off the Liberal Labour Union party which was once headed by Shimon Peres whom Romney like had a meeting with? Wouldn't (or Shouldn't) have known about the 'de facto' opposition party Kadima before he made the arrangements to meet with the Labour Union party?


    July 29, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. HereWeGoAgain!

    PS: Your GRADE for this Overseas Excursion is D--for D I S A S T E R !!

    July 29, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. HereWeGoAgain!

    PPS: GOP and Mitt need to be grateful that half the nation is likely glued to their TV watching the olympics now. Else, this is NOT a presidential performance !! Blowing off important meetings might be OK in business, but in governing.

    July 29, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. greg

    Just wait till he gets to Poland and is told that Lech Walesa is a trade union leader. The american Borat tour continues.

    July 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Marshall M

    Is the man holding the microphone in the photo above clinically insane? I just have to ask that question because he is not acting like a rational human being. At this point, he has to be the biggest JOKE the Republican Party has ever foisted on the American people and on the world at large. Dump him NOW.

    July 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. tony

    Long ago. II though Reagan was too obviously stupid to get elected. Now I fear for the conservatives power of stupid people in large groups and that a fully nuclear WW III could be just 6 months away from beginning.

    July 29, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Bootstomper

    Wake up people this guy is a total puppet.

    July 29, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    This man has no clue! Wake up people and sell his greed!

    July 29, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. migeli

    Nice to know our country will be run by Sheldon Adelson and the Israelis if Romney wins.

    July 29, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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