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Romney’s Trip Raises Question of Why Obama Has Not Gone to Israel

Tuesday, 03 Jul 2012 11:11 AM

By Patrick Hobin

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Mitt Romney’s scheduled trip to Israel highlights the fact that his election opponent President Barack Obama has yet to pay a visit to America’s crucial Middle East ally during his term in office.

"Romney’s pre-election trip emphasizes the fact that Obama has yet to visit Israel as president, though he has already traveled to 30 countries since being elected," the website BeforeItsNews points out.

The Republican presidential hopeful plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad during the trip, which Reuters says is planned for late July.

Romney is expected to stay in Israel for two days. It will be Romney’s fourth visit to Israel, the last being in January 2011 when he spent three days there during a swing that also included Afghanistan and Jordan.

Even Russian President Vladimir Putin made a visit recently, Commentary magazine pointed out. “Jewish Democrats have been imploring President Obama to visit Israel to no avail ever since he was elected. But while the president has conspicuously avoided Israel during his foreign trips even when visiting the Middle East, the authoritarian running a far less friendly country has no scruples about coming to the Jewish state."

Putin's trip "puts President Obama’s refusal to go to Israel in an interesting light," adde Commentary.

"Even though the president has embarked on a year-long Jewish charm offensive motivated by his desire to hold onto the Jewish vote this November, his decision not to try and win Israeli hearts and minds by coming to their country is curious, especially because it would be to his political advantage to do so.”

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