July 26, 2012, - 4:47 pm

Romney Israel Fundraiser Could Net Millions @ $50,000-$100,000 Per Couple

By Debbie Schlussel

Many readers have asked me my thoughts on Mitt Romney’s impending trip to Israel. My response has been that George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Hussein Obama all visited Israel when they were running for President. Not a single one of them turned out to be a good friend of Israel, but they all did right by their Arab Muslim buddies whose states and terrorist camps they deliberately did not visit during the campaign (though George W. Bush made many wasted trips to Dearbornistan to get the Muslim endorsement, which he got). And, as I noted yesterday, Romney hired a number of anti-Israel foreign policy advisers for his campaign. But, now, it appears that the trip to Israel has even less to do with Israel, per se, and more to do with raising gazillions of campaign dollars from ex-pat U.S. citizens who live there. A Monday Romney fundraiser at the swanky King David Hotel in Jerusalem stands to raise Romney millions of dollars. Admission is $50,000 per couple or a commitment to raise $100,000. (And billionaire Sheldon Adelson (who contributed to my campaign for the Michigan House) is expected to be there. He’s pledged to spend $100 million to help elect Romney.) Romney is not going to Israel out of any great personal or heartfelt concern for the Jewish State. It’s about PR and dollars. Plus it’s about appealing to the evangelical Christian voters, who aren’t too crazy about Romney but care far more about the State of Israel, sadly, than most American Jewish voters. After the election, none of that will matter much to Romney. Hint: he ain’t movin’ the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Romney at the U.S.-Israel Policy Conference Broadcast on C-SPAN

The Romney fundraiser in Israel is going to be a breakfast and is being held at the historic King David Hotel next Monday, July 30. . . .

Since U.S. citizens only can donate to presidential campaigns, those attending the event either will be Americans who are visiting the country or those who are now living there. Some of the campaign’s major Jewish donors will be attending the fundraiser. Those attending are being asked to either donate $50,000 per couple or raise $100,000 for the campaign.

Romney is expected to arrive in Israel Saturday night after his stop in London.

Remember, talk and symbolism are cheap. Romney can and will say and do anything before the election, as most Presidential candidates do. But after the election, a President Romney won’t change course on the Middle East in any way. He won’t get tough on the Muslim Brotherhood or reverse the billions in foreign aid that Obama and Hillary sent them. And he won’t embrace Israeli settlements or remove CIA advisers from the midst of the Muslim Brotherhood rebels in Syria. He won’t get tough on Hezbollah or Iran or HAMASastan Gaza. And he won’t pull back from pressuring Israel on a Palestinian State. Nothing will change for the better in Romney foreign policy.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is smoking some strong hashish.

He simply doesn’t have the testicles. A man doesn’t suddenly grow cojones at age 65 . . . even if he moves to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And if these Jews giving millions of dollars to Romney had any balls, they would demand at least the firing of James “F— the Jews” Baker from his campaign. But like Romney and the Jews on the left, they don’t have the gonads either.

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Mitt Romney’s fund-raiser in Jerusalem is not directed at Jews.

Its directed to pro-Israel evangelical Christians who are the GOP base. They genuine do care about Israel.

Romney is not going to change U.S policy towards Israel should he ever be elected President. Even the friendliest President to Israel – Reagan, sold arms to the Saudis.

There might be a difference in the way Israel is received in Washington under Romney and the atmosphere may be somewhat better but don’t look for U.S Embassy to ever be moved to Jerusalem.

Given Romney’s circle of advisers Debbie wrote about yesterday, talk is cheap and nothing ever really changes in Washington, especially after an election.

NormanF on July 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm

It is a sad time for Israel 🙁

I don’t know if folks know that Nixon did a lot for Israel!!

As Goes... on July 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    As Goes,

    Give us break with your love of anti-Semite Nixon.

    Nixon and his henchman Kissinger held out on Israel for several days, and it took a thinly-veiled nuclear threat by Golda Meir, as well as Soviet intervention to finally move Nixon to airlift weapons to Israel- which had already turned the tide by the time the weapons arrived.

    The Obama “back to 1967 borders” proposal that was widely criticized was originally part of the Rogers Plan in 1970.

    The US also withheld intelligence from Israel we knew showed an Arab preparation for an attack on Israel.

    Nixon and Kissinger didn’t like Israel’s “stubborness” about making concessions (land for peace), and felt a “bloody nose” would convince Israel to give in. This was the motive for their delay, but events such as Meir’s threat and Soviet military involvement spun events out of control and turned it into an East-West conflict.

    Meir and her government’s incompetence put Israel in
    horrendous danger in the first place, and Nixon’s intense pressure on Israel helped embolden the Arabs to attack.

    It’s unfortunate when foolish Jews such as Leonard Garment deny Nixon was anti-Semitic and pathetically try to explain away the vicious anti-Semitic hate Nixon spewed on those tapes.

    Their were small numbers of Jews who also attempted to deny Henry Ford was an anti-Semite despite his barrage of hate against Jews.

    Scott on July 27, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Meir is highly overrated. Her Affirmative Action was being Ben Gurion’s mistress early in their careers.

      Italkit on July 27, 2012 at 2:29 am


This is a little better but the truth is Golda called Richard in the middle of the night. Richard remembers his mother’s lessons. As a child, she told her son that one day you may be in a position to help Israel. You must do it.

It is a very beautiful emotional and touching story. Richard did exactly as his mother taught him.

As Goes... on July 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Plus it’s about appealing to the evangelical Christian voters, who aren’t too crazy about Romney but care far more about the State of Israel, sadly, than most American Jewish voters

Debbie, the evangelicals are the people who Romney needs to win this election and they aren’t too crazy about him. As far as Jews caring, they care too, but also have interests in terms of where they currently live.

A Reader on July 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I really hope this is aimed at Evangelicals because I hate to think that we have 40 formerly American millionaires living here who would contribute to the US Presidential race rather than put that money behind the “settlers” and deserving causes here. We need it a hell of a lot more than Romney.

    Italkit on July 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

Informed voters are holding their noses to vote for Romney because he is slightly better than the muzzie in the whitehouse.

We are voting against Barry Sotero not for Romney.

As Goes... on July 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    You can’t do that and think you’re supporting Israel. He’s probably a worse anti-semite personally than Obama. You have to write in someone you believe stands for your principles. If you believe Allen West is a man of principle, write him in. It still counts and you’re not participating in something ungodly.

    Italkit on July 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

Is that idiot Monkey-Shines (sic) gonna read this column and do his same old stupid shuck and jive acting like he’s the smartest one in the room when he is not even in the same building?

Yep, this column sums it up quite rightly. Dig it?

The Conservatives had ample opportunity to get us someone other than Romney and not enough were informed or smart enough to see the maneuvers…too busy listening to the cliquey Lumpenconservatariat.

Those with a brain not yet consumed by Zombies know that Romney will only slow down the damage being done to America…You’re a dumb eff if you think he’s that much better than Obama-Putin but please know that Obama-Putin is very much worse than he is when it comes to the “fundamental” Socialistic/Communistic changes the Marxists are doing to USA. That is why and only why Mitt Zombie is getting just my vote and NOTHING else.

Skunky on July 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Sounds like I am living rent-free in your mind. As for Romney, YOU are the one who raised the subject…

    I thought you might like to read this little Valentine I wrote to all you captive Romney voters out there in webworld. It’s dedicated to you, and it has a pleasant title – apologies to the Beach Boys.


    Wouldn’t it be nice if the conservatives had stood firm against McCainism in 2008? If they had looked squarely into that fat old bailout-loving face of his and told him, “You and your ‘friends across the aisle’ don’t speak for us, and you never will”?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if conservatives HADN’T held their noses in 2008, and had sat out the presidential election? If McCain and his partisans had been shocked, awed and HUMBLED by a coast-to-coast wipeout?

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see the august names of McCain’s campaign advisors blackened for generations to come by a colossal defeat? Wouldn’t it be nice to see those worthies become shunned and unemployable, rather than welcomed into the highest councils of Team Romney with open arms?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if McCain had lost all 50 states in 2008? If he had, would Obama be any MORE of a President?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the Party of McCain had been destroyed forever in 2008? If instead of getting to watch GOP “leaders” make deals with the Democrats for 3 years, we had gotten to see the birth of a newly-constituted party that REPUDIATED McCain-Specterism?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the 2010 primary challenge to a LANDSLIDED McCain had been successful? Wouldn’t it be nice if McCain had dropped out of the 2010 race after seeing the numbers?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the Republicans started attacking Barack Obama and Harry Reid with the ferocity and amoral tactics that they apparently keep on tap for EXCLUSIVE use against conservative members of their own party?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Orrin Hatch was finally retired?

    Is it a pipe-dream? Is Mitt Romney really the BEST we have any right to hope for anymore? Y’know, if a dumb animal gets trapped inside a room, and the only way for it to get out requires it to make a temporary detour AWAY from the exit, you can be certain that said animal will STAY trapped there. Moving AWAY from the prize is just too mind-bending a concept for its tiny brain to fathom. See any parallels?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if McCainism HADN’T been propped up by a “respectable” 45 percent showing? If the landscape and candidates looked radically different today?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had one more chance? If that rebirth could still take place in 2013, instead of 2009? If it was something NEW inside that cradle, instead of a 76 year-old LIBERAL Republican? If conservative voters stayed home and pounded a stake through the seemingly ageless Dracula heart of McCainism-Romneyism?

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you briefly walked AWAY from that exit? If you looked away from that carrot dangling in front of you, and maybe even dumped the guy with the stick onto the ground? You might even be able to pick that carrot up and enjoy it.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you DIDN’T spend the rest of your time on earth defacing your car. clothes and LIFE with the false emblems of an insincere fraud that you don’t even believe in?

    Wouldn’t it be nice?

    Statusmonkey on July 27, 2012 at 12:14 am


      Hee-hee. I am ignoring this idiot but how many people will read his long boring old screed? Not me I stopped at the first sentence.


      Skunky on July 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

        LOL, maybe you’ll wake up after the election. But I doubt it. By Nov. 10th, you’ll probably be covered from head to hoof in Bloomberg 2016 campaign gear.

        Hopefully THAT comment was short enough for you to understand.

        AM I old? I’m betting that you’re a lot older, and I believe me, that’s not a compliment on your maturity. I’ve got my youth AND my future. All you have is a past. And Mitt Romney. Enjoy!

        Statusmonkey on July 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

        Skunky, I think some people do not understand that you do not have to have a crush on the person you are voting for. If the person you have voted for follows through on half the stuff they promised, you are doing pretty wello. It should also be remembered that if Barack Obama winds a second term, he will almost certainly be in a position to select 2-3 U.S. Supreme Court justices. Justices Kennedy, Scalia, and Thomas are getting up there in age. If that happens, it will be pretty irrelevant whether a Republican or some other conservative leaning candidate becomes President. Conservatives will find themselves friendless and homeless in the courts. The American drift towards the left will be continue long after Barack Obama is gone. Also, probably within 10-15 years, the Democractic Party will have more or less permanent majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a virtual vise-grip on the U.S. Presidency. Those Dream Act people will loom large on the political landscape

        Worry on July 27, 2012 at 5:36 am

          Riiight, sure hope we don’t get any MORE Democrat-appointed Justices like Roberts, Souter, or O’Connor. Hey, wait a minute…

          Statusmonkey on July 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

          That’s right Worry. Isn’t it cute that the fool who resembles CrAzY Klaus Kinski and his “monkeys” at the end of “Aguirre:The Wrath of God” is lecturing US on crap that he thinks we don’t get. Most of us here have been saying what he says (we are not fans of the Republican establishment) and he’s acting like we have no clue how to think without his sage advice.

          It is he who doesn’t get it. He’s a raving retard. What a fool.

          If we listen to him we will definitely get 4 more years of Obama-Putin. What a dumb dick.

          Skunky on July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am

          Wow. For Mitt Romney’s sake, I hope that some cosmic flaw in the voting process gives you two whack jobs about 50 million votes each.

          Why don’t you and Slimy get together and have a Romney baby? You could name it “Anybody but Obama.” I’m pretty sure that baby’s first word would be a heroic-sounding “Moo.”

          You’re both ducking my question, so here it is again: if the GOP had nominated Batney Frank instead of Mirt Romney, would you STILL be guzzling down all that Kool-aid? Bc in most respects that IS who they nominated.

          Statusmonkey on July 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Wow, damn Romney for not sucking up enough. 🙁

Titanic fan on July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

karl rove is so upset that the poles were upset over Obamas comment on the polish concentration camps….oh im so upset that hes upset over the fact that the poor liars were upset

shmujew on July 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm


    I’m sorry to read such opinions. I’m for reconciliation and critical discussion on the history topics (without pointing fingers, measuring th blame and voicing stereotypes).
    I’m against hate speach from both sides. Also misinformation and hearsay.

    Here’s a wikipedia link, that explains the topic of this incorrect term.


    Thanks for using the word “Poles” and not the deregatory term.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Bart on July 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

So what if Romney is raising money here in Israel. He’s running a campaign!

LJ: Please re-read the post as you clearly ignored the point of it: that Romney isn’t coming to Israel out of the goodness of his heart. He’s coming because of money and votes. He won’t be better on Israel, just the same because Jews like you don’t demand more from him. DS

Laurie J on July 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Laurie, if you love the US and Romney so much go back and live under his Reich. We don’t need fence sitters like you here. NO AMERICAN OLAH or OLEH should be concerned in the least with what happens in Amerika. Go work for real change in our parties. Likud is rotten to the core and is as faux conservative as the GOP. If you even know how our electoral system works, find a man of principle like Feiglin ( not my favorite,BTW) and start a ground swell for him to overwhelm the current bunch of crooks in Likud or one of the other parties or get a new party going that is strong enough to beat the status quo.

    Italkit on July 27, 2012 at 2:42 am


wallyworkswell@yahoo.com on July 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

Does the ability to appoint Supreme Court judges really matter very much? The Republicans appointed monstrosity after monstrosity, from Brennan to Roberts, and many in between such as Souter and O’Conner. I guess we could go back to Justice Black, for that matter, as far as changing orientations.

The Republican leadership makes sure a conservative gets through every now and then, frequently enough to keep up illusions such as those expressed here, but not often enough to give the court a real conservative orientation.

The ability to (mis)appoint justices (sic) is the art refuge of those asking us to vote for someone opposed to everything we stand for.

Little Al on July 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

To Italkit:

I’m not a fence sitter. I work, my son put in his 3 years in the army, I hold dual citizenship and I pay both US and Israeli taxes! Your statement “NO AMERICAN OLAH or OLEH should be concerned in the least with what happens in Amerika.” could not be more WRONG! Israels foreign policy is inexplicably tied to the US. I do not want Obama for another 4 years.

Laurie J on July 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Neither do I, Laurie because it’s sad to see what’s happened to America but why do you give a damn really? You’re loyalties belong here. That’s what your son was trained to protect. He’s going to be shooting at American troops pretty soon, I’m sad to say.

    Italkit on July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Because Laurie, I don’t really want to see Romney as POTUS either. America is finished. Conservatives sat on blogs and fielded names instead of getting out and beating the hustings, as the phrase goes, to find a REAL candidate. But, if you think it matters to Israel, who gets the job, that’s fence sitting because anyone who can hire James Baker and Kissinger to advise on Foreign Policy is de facto not on our side. Just think about this, are you going to vote for Condoleeza Rice to be Vice President? Did you hear Dick Cheney’s latest advice to Romney? He said Palin was a mistake because she wasn’t ready to be POTUS, (among other things) but of all the names bandied about for Romney’s running mate, Rice is the only one with any cred and she will be it.
      The only thing that will fix Israeli politics is to fix Israeli politicians. How about giving that some thought instead of all this Romney Obama stupidity?

      Italkit on July 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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