Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney, took aim at Barack Obama today for not once visiting Israel during his nearly four-year presidency.
Romney is scheduled for a trip to the Holy Land next week as part of a larger international outreach that will also take him to Poland and England.
On “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Bolton contrasted Romney’s upcoming visit with Obama’s treatment of the Jewish state.
Stated Bolton: “I think [Romney’s] simple presence in Israel says it all. 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.
“I think Gov. Romney is committed to the security of Israel in ways that are really very consistent with what used to be the broad, bipartisan tradition in American politics,” Bolton said, “a tradition that has not been followed by the Obama administration.”
As a presidential candidate, Obama visited Israel in July 2008.
In 2009, Obama addressed the Arab world from Egypt and then traveled to Saudi Arabia but did not stop in Israel during his only Mideast tour as president.