Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will visit Israel this summer, the New York Times reported Monday. During his trip, the former Massachusetts governor is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“[Romney is] a strong friend of Israel and we’ll be happy to meet with him,” Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s senior adviser, told the Times. “We value strong bipartisan support for Israel and we’re sure it will only deepen that.”
Netanyahu and Romney first met as consultants for the Boston Consulting Group, where they were said to bond over their shared view of the world. This year, the prime minister reportedly called Romney on Super Tuesday to brief him on the situation in Iran.
“We can almost speak in shorthand,” Romney has said. “We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.”
This will be Romney’s fourth visit to Israel. He will also meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other top officials on both sides.