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Romney planning to visit Israel over summer
Mitt Romney planning to visit Israel over the summer; details of trip not yet released
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Mitt Romney is planning a trip to Israel this summer, an aide to the presumptive GOP nominee confirmed.

No details were immediately available about exactly when and where the candidate would visit. The aide spoke on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak publicly about the plans.

The trip could help Romney shore up support among Jewish voters, evangelicals and foreign policy hawks. It could also help him bolster his limited credentials in foreign affairs.

During the GOP presidential primary, Romney accused President Barack Obama of throwing Israel "under the bus." He has also said his policy toward the Jewish state would be the opposite of Obama's.

Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a longstanding friendship stemming from their brief overlap in the 1970s at Boston Consulting Group. Both men worked as advisers for the firm early in their careers, before Romney co-founded his own private-equity firm.

In January 2011, Romney traveled to Israel and met with Netanyahu as part of a Mideast trip that also brought him to Afghanistan and Jordan. He also spoke in 2007 at a prominent security conference in the Israeli coastal city of Herzlia.

The New York Times first reported plans of Romney's upcoming visit.

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