Portman Meets with Netanyahu in Israel

Sunday, 03 Jun 2012 10:00 AM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, eyed as a potential running mate for Republican
portman-(1).jpg
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman
(Getty Images)
presidential nominee Mitt Romney, wrapped up a trip to Israel that featured talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Portman, according to ABC News, toured an advanced missile defense system called the Iron Dome in southern Israel and met separately with Netanyahu and Barak.

Portman’s meeting with Netanyahu reportedly lasted about an hour and centered on regional security issues, among them Iran and Syria. Portman, the former U.S. Trade Representative under President George W. Bush, is in his first senate term and serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“This past year has been very turbulent for the Middle East, and my conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu strengthened my belief that we need to remain vigilant in our support of our critical ally,” Portman said, according to ABC News.

Portman’s trip was raising eyebrows among observers. “I think it’s a big deal,’’ Peter Fenn, a Democratic consultant in Washington, told the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun. “I think it clearly is very political. It does speak to the notion that Portman is on the very short list.’’

Israel is often a stop for politicians on the ascent. Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey visited in April. Former Republican congressman David L. Hobson of Springfield told the News-Sun that “this is a further indication that Rob Portman continues to be a rising star, and not just in the Republican Party.’’

© 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.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ex-Official: Defense Secretary's Skill Set Changing

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 17:07 PM

The skills needed to run the Defense Department have changed in the past two years since Chuck Hagel took the reins, say . . .

Insiders: Hagel Not the Only Problem With Foreign Policy Team

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:31 PM

Getting rid of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel isn't going to be the solution for repairing the problems with President Ba . . .

Sen. Portman on Prez Bid: 'Let's Legislate' Before Talking 2016

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 13:04 PM

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman pushed back on any suggestion that he is running for president, even as several headlines have sug . . .

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