Romney: My first visit as president would be to Israel

November 23, 2011 08:20

WASHINGTON - US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday that his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said during a Republican foreign policy debate that US President Barack Obama had been unfriendly to Israel.

"The right course for Israel is to care about Israel," he said during the debate with seven other contenders for the GOP nod, held in Washington. "My first foreign trip will be to Israel to show we care about them."

Obama has not visited Israel as president. He visited Cairo early in his term to deliver an appeal for friendship to the Muslim world.

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