Via The Hill:
Mitt Romney plans a trip to Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other political leaders, an aide to the Romney campaign confirmed Monday.
The Republican presidential hopeful, who has a decades-old friendship with Netanyahu dating back to their time working at a consulting group together early in their careers, hopes the trip can shore up support with Jewish voters ahead of November’s election. He also plans to meet with Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, and Israeli President Shimon Peres during a brief stop in the country.
The Romney team sees Israeli relations as a potential weakness for President Obama, who has not visited the country since his election, although Obama did visit during the 2008 presidential primary season. Romney has repeatedly accused Obama of “throwing Israel under the bus” and having “visibly warmed to the Palestinian cause.” He has said if elected president, Israel would be the first country he visits.