Only Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter qualify among the last six presidents as leaders who 'recognize the cherished relationship the U.S. has with Israel and stands with our allies,' according to a new ad released by the Romney campaign.
In an attempt to bolster his support for Israel, Romney has signaled that if elected he will make a first term presidential visit to Israel, in a foreign policy shift that not even Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama pursued.
In fact, Reagan didn't visit Israel in his second term, either, and George W. Bush only visited late in his second term.
'In almost four years as president, Barack Obama hasn't visited Israel,' Romeny's new ad thunders. 'We need a leader who recognizes the cherished relationship the U.S. has with Israel and stands with our allies.'
According to The Jewish Week, both Carter and Clinton visited Israel during their 'first four years as president' the ad acknowledges, and then Romney castigates Obama for following the example of Reagan and the two Bushes.
In a dramatic departure from decades of US foreign policy, the 30-second ad criticizes Obama for 'refusing to recognize” that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.'
To date no Republican or Democratic president has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, which means moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
Until the Israelis and Palestinians make peace and agree on the location and borders of their capitals, it has been considered premature at best and unwise at worst to pursue such a claim.