Skip to comments.Do's and Don'ts For Mitt Romney in Israel
Posted on 07/29/2012 12:08:13 PM PDT by IsraelBeach
Do's and Don'ts For Mitt Romney in Israel
(photo Romney at Western Wall)
Unlike President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney embraces Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
By Ronn Torossian
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel --- July 29, 2012 ... Owning a PR Agency, I wanted to offer ten tips for Mitt Romney to observe during his Israel visit.
Bowing isnt customary in the Middle East. The Obama bow to the Saudi King is not considered customary in Israel nor anywhere else in the Middle East. Shaking hands and being polite is all that is needed.
Just as anywhere else in the world, it is considered polite to pose for pictures, and you shouldnt allow Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to wait for a scheduled dinner (nor, heaven forbid walk out on him for a private meal with your wife).
While you will undoubtedly have many private meetings, dont get caught on microphone speaking ill of the democratically elected leader of the Jewish state, nor lecture their leaders publicly. Simply show appreciation for Americas closest ally and cooperate as they undoubtedly will with you.
Calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders wont go over well it is lethal for Israel as nearly every mainstream American politician has acknowledged.
As your Israel fundraiser has gotten a lot of attention already, dont make a bigger deal of it, fundraising is acceptable in politics worldwide and your biggest benefactor is a self-made billionaire, the worlds richest Jew. Its admirable, and with wealthy Americans donating to you hard-working Americans dont think someone else built their business they know they did. Also, dont let one of your top fundraisers say that Muslim anti-Semitism stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. As you know, Muslim anti-Semitism in the Middle East predates 1967, and even 1948 and in any case is the fault of the anti-Semites, not of the Jews.
Its great that you have Americans traveling with you who are fond, supportive of, and well-respected in Israel. Off-the record sessions with radical fringe extremists like The New Yorkers David Remnick and Newsweeks Peter Beinart will not go over well, as they advocate boycotts of the Jewish state. Not good - and naturally dont admonish the US when overseas even if your opponent does.
When in Jerusalem, dont say that Jews cant build in all areas of Jerusalem as no other US government (pre-Obama) had ever demanded and no Israeli government would ever accept. Listen, and learn. Enjoy the beauty of the capital city of Israel and pray. In Jerusalem, Israel practicing the religion of your choice is accepted and safe, and in this democratic nation, just like in America people can live wherever they choose. That isnt the case for Jews, Christians or Mormons in nearly any Arab country.
Vow not to grant your first interview when elected to an Arabic network and accept that with the Iranian nuclear program, Anti-Western interests like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah, uprising in Syria, the rise of extremists in Turkey and Egypt, dont blame the country which is allied against Americas common enemies. Israel is rooted in Western values and even with a right-wing Israeli government, as Zionist leader Prime Minister Zeev Jabotinsky wrote in 1929, The Jewish people all of us, 100 percent want peace. The same holds true today.
Just showing up is appreciated. Dont make any big policy statements its not needed. The visuals of being in Israel are good. Obama has not visited Israel during his time in office (despite accepting an award in Saudi Arabia, giving a major speech in Cairo, and holding town hall meetings in Turkey). Israel is popular in the US amongst Jews, evangelical Christians and many others. The visuals of going to Israel are good and appreciated.
Most importantly, take in the amazing country of Israel. Millions of people visit Israel from all over the world each year, and it is an amazing special, holy country - from history to religion, even sunny beaches. Israel has tremendous similarities to the United States enjoy the rich and beautiful country. You will leave with an even stronger emotional connection.
Joel Leyden, Editor's Note: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, a top 25 US PR agency. He is an active Jewish philanthropist, and author of crisis PR book For Immediate Release. He is one of most creative and dedicated PR professionals who serves the Jewish world.
Unless you are a Democrat, in which case, you can do all those things and the Jewish people will vote for you anyhow.
the percentage of Jews voting (polling) for Obozo has dropped about 20 pts...we’ll see what they do in the privacy of the voting booth.
the percentage of Jews voting (polling) for Obozo has dropped about 20 pts...
In the 2008 Election, 78% of the American Jews voted for a guy who was raised in Indonesia, attended a Muslim school and has the middle name of Hussein. FRIGGIN’ PATHETIC. If you’re numbers are correct; that would mean that Obama only gets 58% of the Jewish vote this time around..... yeah; right! Bet your a** that ain’t happening. American Jews are the most ungodly, and Liberal, demographic in the U.S.
The Gallup polling organization reported Friday that Obama’s standing stood at 68 percent among Jews, while 25 percent favored Romney.
the main point is even NOT the % of Jewish voters but the donations.
“Jews are less important as voters than they are as activists and contributors. Jews provide pretty close to half of the money available to Democratic candidates,” said Benjamin Ginsburg, a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Don’t ask for a bacon cheeseburger for dinner.