Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lays a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Israel in 2007. Romney did not bring up his visits to Yad Vashem or to the border city of Sderot during Monday's presidential debate though President Barack Obama brought up his own. (Image source: Times of Israel)
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Israel in 2007 and the battered border city Sderot in 2011, the Times of Israel reported, though did not bring it up when the issue was raised at the third presidential debate Monday night.
President Barack Obama stated he went to Israel as a presidential candidate in 2008 after Romney accused him of going on a Middle East "apology tour" his first year in office but skipping a trip to the Jewish state. Obama said that when he went to Israel as a candidate, "I didn't take donors." Romney raised more than $1 million during a campaign fundraiser when he visited the country in July.
"When I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors, I didn’t attend fundraisers," Obama said. "I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable. And then I went down to the border town of Sderot, which had experienced missiles raining down from Hamas."
Asked by the Times why Romney did not bring up his own visits to Yad Vashem and Sderot, campaign sources said they weren't going to comment on what Obama said during the debate, and that Romney's commitment to Israel stands on its own.
Romney has made four visits to Israel and has said if elected there would be no daylight between it and the U.S. Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have also been friends since the 1970s.
The Romney campaign did not immediately return a request for additional comment from TheBlaze.