Israel Musings July 15, 2013: Rick Perry announces Israel trip, will a 2016 presidential bid be next?

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Rick Perry announces Israel trip, will a 2016 presidential bid be next?

By Bonnie K. Goodman

On Thursday, July 11, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced to the Washington Times that he intends to take a trip to Israel this upcoming October. Three days earlier on Monday June 8, Perry announced he will not seek a full…READ MORE
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Israel Political Brief July 14, 2013: Presidential bid coming? Rick Perry says he’ll visit Israel

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Presidential bid coming? Rick Perry says he’ll visit Israel

Source: JTA, 7-14-13

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in what observers see as a move signaling a possible White House run, said he is planning to visit Israel in October….READ MORE ▸

Jewish Political Brief November 7, 2012: Republican Jewish Coalition urges unity after Barack Obama wins Presidential Election, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

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RJC urges unity after Obama win, notes GOP’s Jewish gains

Source: JTA, 11-7-12

The Republican Jewish Coalition called on all Americans to “come together to craft real solutions to the very serious problems our country faces today” after President Obama won reelection….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 24, 2012: GOP Leaders: President Barack Obama’s Announcing He Will Visit Israel in Second Presidential Term Comes 4 Years Too Late

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GOP Leaders: Obama Announcement Comes 4 Years Too Late

Republican leaders have criticized an announcement made Monday that if President Obama were to get re-elected, he would visit Israel.
Mitt Romney

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Republican leaders have sharply criticized an announcement made Monday that if President Obama were to get re-elected to serve a second term in office, he would visit Israel.

“President Obama’s promise to visit Israel in his second term comes four years too late, and is emblematic of the lack of close coordination with Israel Candidate Obama led us to expect in 2008,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement released by the Mitt Romney campaign.

“It also does not make up for the many shortcomings of his Middle East policy, ranging from the fact that Iran continues to race forward with its nuclear weapons program to his administration’s haplessness in the face of Syria’s support of terrorism, threats to use weapons of mass destruction and support of instability in the region,” he said, according to the statement….

“Our relationship with Israel should be a priority, not a distraction. President Obama has found time to visit dozens of other nations – including some near to Israel in the Middle East – and his treatment of our closest ally in the region has been profoundly disappointing,” he said.

Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton said in an interview with WABC Radio on Monday that, “Obama has been in office three and a half years, and he has had time to do more fundraisers than any other first-term American president, has probably played more rounds of golf than any other president since Dwight Eisenhower, and yet he has not had time to fit into his busy schedule even one trip to Israel.”

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a backer of Republican Mitt Romney and the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also lashed out against President Obama for failing to visit Israel during his first term.

“Next week, Mitt Romney is traveling to Israel for the fourth time. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has yet to visit Israel as President, even as he has found time to visit numerous other countries around the world, including in the Middle East. We can only speculate about why the President has failed to visit the capital of our closest ally in the region, but we don’t need to speculate about the timing of the latest hint from the White House that President Obama will travel to Israel in his second term.

“It’s politically inspired, coming as it does only days before Mitt Romney heads off to Jerusalem.  One should not play political games with U.S. foreign policy, particularly at a moment when the Middle East is a tinderbox,” said Ros-Lehtinen.

Israel Political Brief April 17, 2012: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes hawkish line on Israel — Against Withdrawl from Jerusalem, West Bank & Golan Heights

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Source: JTA, 4-17-12

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie takes hawkish line on Israel

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cautioned against Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday following his first trip to Israel earlier this month, Christie, who has been mentioned by Republicans as a possible vice presidential pick, said the most “eye-opening” part of his trip was a helicopter tour over part of the West Bank with Israeli military officials. Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush expressed a similar sentiment after taking a similar helicopter tour in 1998 with then-Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon.

“Everyone who thinks they have an opinion that’s worth something on the Palestinian issue should take that tour,” Christie said. The helicopter ride took “three minutes from West Bank settlements to the Mediterranean. A missle goes much faster than a helicopter.”

Christie billed the trip, called “Jersey to Jerusalem,” as an “economic growth, diplomacy [and] observance” mission. Christie met with leaders of several Israeli companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals and Project Better Place — the electric car startup — but the trip also focused on Israeli defense and policy.

The first-term governor added that he hoped to “expand my portfolio” as an up-and-coming national voice of the Republican Party. Last year, several Republican leaders urged Christie to run for president, but Christie demurred, and he has said he does not intend to seek national office during this gubernatorial term.

During the April 1-5 trip, Christie met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed Israel’s security concerns and Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

“The prime minister is an articulate spokesman and advocate for how peace negotiations should be conducted,” Christie said.

Christie called his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, 89, like “walking into a history book.”…READ MORE

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