Mitt Romney arrives in Israel looking to reset his foreign trip

On Sunday, Romney has a full slate of meetings with top officials in the region, including Netanyahu, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. He will also meet with key members of Israel's security cabinet, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Avigdor Lieberman.

Romney wraps up the day with what aides have described as a major speech against the backdrop of Old Jerusalem. Senor told reporters Romney would show his support for Israel "in a very public way" by focusing on the "common" values and "shared" agenda shared between the two nations—especially on security issues.

"The challenges and the threats to Israel are the challenges and threats to America, and the opportunities awaiting Israel are the opportunities awaiting America," Senor said.

But Romney's trip is not just aimed at casting him as a statesman in a troubled region. His journey is also aimed at making inroads with Jewish voters who have been unhappy with Obama's handling of the Middle East. He's also looking to boost his campaign's bank account.

On Monday morning, Romney is set to headline a major fundraiser at King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where the price of admission ranges in upwards of $50,000 per person. (The campaign is raising cash from American citizens only since contributions from foreign donors is against campaign finance law.) The proceeds go to the Romney Victory Fund—a joint fundraising committee set up between the Romney campaign, the Republican National Committee and several state Republican parties.

Many of Romney's prominent Jewish supporters have been invited to fly in for the event from the U.S., and the guest list includes Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnet who has contributed more than $20 million to Republican candidates and conservative groups so far this election cycle.

Under longstanding rules between the campaign and its traveling press corps, Romney's comments at the Monday fundraiser would normally be open to a small pool of reporters. But on Saturday, as Romney flew from London to Tel Aviv, a campaign spokesman abruptly announced the fundraiser would be closed to the press.

Asked why the fundraiser was now closed to the media, Rick Gorka, Romney's traveling press secretary, replied, "No comment."

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...