Tags: Romney | Israel | visit | urge

GOP Reps Urge Romney to Visit Israel

Monday, 14 May 2012 10:59 AM

By Dan Weil

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney should visit Israel soon to give himself an advantage over President Barack Obama, who hasn’t been there once since entering the White House, GOP congressmen say.

Not only would such a journey help Romney politically, but it would also aid in mending frayed U.S.-Israeli relations, the congressmen told The Hill.

“It would be a good visit for him,” said Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“It’s not just a political thing, it’s the right thing to do,” Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., told The Hill. “The most important title the president has is commander-in-chief, and you need to be able to go out there to some of those critical areas.”

Romney has a personal friendship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that goes back decades. The former Massachusetts governor has pledged that his first overseas trip as president would be to Israel. And he has blasted Obama for “throwing Israel under the bus.”

For his part, Obama went to Israel four years ago as presidential candidate but hasn’t returned. As president, he has visited 30 countries, including Ghana, Ireland, and El Salvador.

If Romney does go to Israel, he should be careful to avoid politicizing the trip by criticizing Obama, GOP congressmen say.

“It’s a very good idea, but strike the right tone,” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told The Hill. “Do not utter Barack Obama’s name with regard to policy in Israel. He can go there and reiterate his record, build some confidence in the Israeli people and send a message to Americans [about] what kind of policy he would have towards Israel.”



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ben Carson Pledges Support for Israel

Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 07:09 AM

In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish s . . .

Obama Executive Order Gives Pay Raise to Federal Workers

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:36 PM

Federal workers and uniformed military service members are getting a 1 percent pay boost. . . .

Mental Illness History Ruled on Appeal to Not Bar Gun Ownership

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 22:14 PM

A federal appeals court concluded that a history of mental illness shouldn't bar citizens from owning a weapon in a firs . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved