“As president, Barack Obama has never visited Israel and refuses to recognize Jerusalem as its capital,” the ad states.
The 30-second spot, titled “Cherished Relationship,” comes one week after the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s own trip to the Jewish state during a three-country foreign visit. Obama and Romney are both vying for Jewish voter support, with Obama last month signing a $70 million bill in approved funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome” rocket defense system.
The Israeli capital issue has picked up steam in recent weeks: Last month, White House press secretary Jay Carney refused to say flat-out whether the Obama administration considers it to be Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Several days later, a White House spokesman said Jerusalem is not currently the capital but could become it through negotiations. This is a different stance than the one then-candidate Obama took in 2008, when he said “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.”