Romney Planning To Visit Israel Over Summer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An aide to Mitt Romney confirms that the GOP presidential candidate is planning a trip to Israel this summer.

No details were immediately available about exactly when and where the candidate would visit. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the plans.

The trip could help Romney shore up support among Jewish voters, evangelicals and foreign policy hawks.

During the GOP presidential primary, Romney accused President Barack Obama of throwing Israel "under the bus." He has also said his policy toward the Jewish state would be the opposite of Obama's.

Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a longstanding friendship. Last year, Romney traveled to Israel and met with Netanyahu as part of a trip that also brought him to Afghanistan and Jordan.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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