July 29th, 2012
07:57 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney visits Western Wall in Jerusalem

Jerusalem (CNN) - Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, joined by his wife Ann, made a previously unannounced stop at the Western Wall on Sunday while in Jerusalem meeting with Israeli leaders.

Sunday also marks the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'Av, a holy day of mourning and fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the first and second temples.

The Romneys were joined by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz of the Western Wall, who also accompanied President Barack Obama's visit to the site during his 2008 trip to Israel as a presidential candidate.

Wearing a yarmulke and a dark suit, Romney put a piece of paper believed to be a prayer into the wall after being read a passage by the rabbi.

Meanwhile, Ann Romney was on the other side of a partition reserved only for women. She stood before the wall for several moments and also placed a piece of paper in the wall.

The Romneys were flanked by hundreds of Jewish worshipers praying at the site. The Western Wall, a highly important religious site for Jews, sits below the location where the second temple stood.

As Romney walked out, he greeted a crush of people and media. A few of Romney's top American donors were also with the candidate at the wall.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    I am surprised the wall didn't crumble. No offense to anyone but his religion is so freakin' out there (with their own planets and magic underwear) that I can see why the born agains can't stand him.
    What did wifey place on the wall . . . . go Trafalgar?
    This is probably the biggest crowd he has been around except that the people were there to worship NOT to see this clown! He couldn't get a decent crowd, heck any crowed, at the Olympics when he was interviewed on the Today Show. They are both pathetic.

    July 29, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Larry L

    That's not a note he's stuffing in a crack in the Western Wall... it's a tiny copy of the tax returns he's hiding.

    July 29, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. James

    Pray for sickle cell. That is our greatest hope right now.

    July 29, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. lyn

    Romney wrote in that piece of paper God help me to be President, so I can fire all the poor people, have various Bank Accounts Overseas, cheat on my Taxes and go to War with Iran.

    July 29, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Thinker23

    Marie... DId it happen toyou that if Romney (or anyone else) chose to visit Vatican he or she would face even a bigger crowd... and it would not be there for him. Would it make Romney (or anyone else) a "pathetic clown", in your opinion?

    July 29, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Belingo

    When I was there, I didn't actually walk up to the wall, let alone put a slip of paper with wishes in it as Jews do. That would have seemed rather disrespectful from me as a non-Jew. Maybe Mr. Romney has retroactively quit Mormonism and is now a Jew?

    July 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. ghana

    why any american leader must please israel. Or israel is hoiding usa for a ransom. Is this democracy?

    July 29, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. pbk

    Romney has no business meddling in foreign policy. He isn't the President. He is spending tens of millions of dollars to hype this trip. He has bought up blocks of cable and network time for so-called "interviews". He is paying national news guys like David Muir to accompany him and report on his every word. Romney is overdoing it and Americans are getting sick of him.

    July 29, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. The Realist

    The state of Israel is a racist, fascist, fabrication of the oil-fixated Western Industrial Machine.

    Mitt Romney will crawl on his hands & knees to kiss Israel's butt ... isn't that sad?

    July 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. chuck weidemann

    Just be a tourist ....even then he isn't putting any money into the American economy!!!!

    July 29, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Zechariah14 third mishkan

    mitt mitt mitt read Genesis 12:3 mitt mitt mitt you shall not win Genesis 12:3

    July 29, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. don in albuquerque

    There to try to whip up support (and money) for another war. Of course it is a war neither he or his sons will ever fight in because they have their "religion" to hide behind. Cowards one and all. Happy to send your kids off to die for Exxon, Phillips, or Citibank. But is own? Are you crazy?

    July 29, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. emaho44

    Who, pray tell, are these people??? Are these the folks you want to be in control of your life??? Indeed , to be able make ANY decision regarding your future??? The ultimate hipocracy is that nuclear power Zionism and the US of A can pretend to make judgement upon those who simply desire equality. At "The WALL", whatever that means, Mitt the Twit and his ilk will sooner or later discover reality.

    BTW...Who is the dude in the blue "goon goggles"??? One of Mitty's team??? Makes my vote now, and I'm a "Republican"...or I used to be!

    July 29, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Nathan

    Why ALL american president wannabes HAVE to go to Israel looking for jewish approval to proceed? Looks like jews reign and control America and that nothing can be done without their permission..

    July 29, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

    Since Mormons are a wandering tribe of Jews, Robmeh is in his element now after being boo'd off the island by the Aryans, here he will experience a kinship among the earth-Ferengi, since mitt's definition of success is all about financial profit he is in the home of the money mongers. Mitt has returned home to the mothership.

    July 29, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. anamo33

    All American presidents are nothing but slaves to state of Israel and its American lobby. No one can dare differ with them. This would be the single reason for the decline of the American empire.

    July 29, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Garamasala14

    dear god, why am i being used by bearded men in cowboy hats in the desert? – mitt romney

    July 29, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |