The Romneys Pay Respects at the Western Wall of Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sacred Day of Mourning

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From Israel National News:

Romney said that “In this sacred spot and on this special day, I have gotten to know more about the history of the Jewish people, and I feel the pain of the destruction undergone by the Jewish people – the special nation as it was in the past – and I pray and hope for peace for the nation of Israel and the entire world.”


From ABC News:

Mitt and Ann Romney visited one of the holiest sites in the Jewish faith today, arriving at the Western Wall on a sacred day of mourning in Israel.

The Romneys arrived via motorcade at the site of prayer and spent about 15 minutes walking to the wall and placing their prayers in the wall and got a warm reception.

The wall is split in two – one side for men and the other for women – so Ann and her female staffers approached one side, while the candidate approached the other with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz.

There were hundreds of Jewish worshippers praying at the site on this holy fasting day of Tisha B’Av and cell phones were out snapping photos of Romney. Many chanted at him as he walked slowly toward the wall.
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Among those with Romney were son Josh, senior adviser Dan Senor and Spencer Zwick.

Romney stood for several minutes with a man who had diagrams and looked to be describing the wall and where on the Temple Mount Romney was standing. Romney then took a piece of paper and wrote something on it. He approached the wall, bowed his head and put his right hand on the wall. After about 20 seconds he looked up and stuck his note into a space on the wall.


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Romney Names Sen. Norm Coleman as Special Adviser on Policy

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Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, a prominent figure in the Republican Jewish community, will serve as Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Policy:

“I am happy to announce Senator Coleman as an adviser to my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “His advice will be critical as I lay out my vision for improving our economy at home and strengthening our partnerships around the world.”

“The United States is facing an important moment in our nation’s history,” said Senator Coleman. “Whether it is turning around our struggling economy or maintaining our relationships with international allies, the next President must have the experience and leadership to keep America strong at home and abroad. Electing someone who has not been tested by the fire of experience results in failure. The last three years have proven that. Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has displayed the leadership that will be needed to get our economy back on track and to preserve, and in some cases mend, our relationships with allies around the world. As a strong supporter of Israel, I am also confident that he is the best candidate to restore America’s relationship with Israel.”

Background On Senator Norm Coleman:

Senator Coleman Served In The Senate From 2003 To 2009. He was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Near East Subcommittee. As Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator Coleman led a major investigation of the United Nations Oil for Food scandal. Senator Coleman was the Mayor of St. Paul from 1993 to 1998. Prior to his election, Senator Coleman served as a Chief Prosecutor in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office and as the Minnesota Solicitor General. Currently, Coleman is the Chairman of the American Action Network, a Senior Governmental Advisor at Hogan Lovells, and a member of the Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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This is wonderful news. Welcome aboard, Senator Coleman!

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