Starting this week wednesday. Romney plans to meet Palestinian Authority PM Fayyad too.
Romney and Netanyahu worked in a same company in 70s, in USA - though seems was brief.
“If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,” Romney said last year at a GOP primary debate focused on foreign policy.
Obama rejects the criticism that he has been weak in dealing with Iran, and his aides point to what they call unprecedented U.S.-Israeli security cooperation.
But Netanyahu — who firmly controls a supermajority in the Israeli parliament and rides high in opinion polls — has become a complication for Obama. Their frosty relationship has fueled the perception that U.S.-Israeli relations have deteriorated — a potential problem for Obama with Jewish voters in the swing state of Florida.
Meanwhile, Romney’s relationship with the U.S.-educated Netanyahu dates back decades. Romney and the Israeli leader have a longstanding friendship stemming from their brief overlap in the 1970s at Boston Consulting Group. Both men worked as advisers for the firm early in their careers, before Romney co-founded his own private-equity firm.
Romney’s visit to Israel is part of a broader foreign policy trip that includes stops in England and Poland. It is widely seen as his opportunity to shore up support among Jewish voters and evangelicals, bolster his credentials on foreign policy and test his prowess on an international stage.
While in Israel, Romney was expected to meet with Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and Israeli President Shimon Peres. Romney advisers won’t say if he will visit the West Bank, but he does plan a meeting with Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority prime minister.
The trip will be Romney’s fourth visit to Israel. He visited in 2011 and gave a speech at the Herzliya Conference in 2007 during which he said Iran’s leaders “represent the greatest threat to the world since the fall of the Soviet Union, and before that, Nazi Germany.”