Netanyahu's Top Donors Show Mitt the Money

Romney writes op-ed criticizing Obama foreign policy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 1:01 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Mitt Romney shake hands at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lior Mizrahi, Pool)

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu hasn't done such a great job concealing that he'd prefer a President Romney to President Obama, and as it happens, his donors feel the same way. Nineteen of Netanyahu's wealthiest US donors also contribute to the Romney campaign, the Republican Party, and/or other GOP candidates, a Haaretz investigation has learned. What's more, not one Democrat has donated to Netanyahu's campaign.

Romney has repeatedly criticized Obama for his often contentious relationship with Netanyahu, and that continued today in an op-ed on foreign policy in the Wall Street Journal in which he accused Obama of dismissing Israel's concerns about Iran. "At a time when Israel needs America to stand with it, he declined to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," Romney wrote. He also accused Obama more broadly of allowing "our leadership to atrophy" in the Middle East, complaining that he had no "strategy for success" during the Arab Spring. Click for Romney's full op-ed. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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