WASHINGTON – The fundraiser being held for US Republican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney while he’s in Israel is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. on July 29,
well after Tisha Be’av ends at sundown.
This according to an invitation
obtained by The Jerusalem Post.
The invitation to the fundraiser, first
reported by the Post, also specifies that dietary laws will be observed and that
no refreshments will be served until after the fast.
The timing of the
fund-raiser at the end of the fast day commemorating the destruction of the
First Temple has raised eyebrows in Jerusalem.
The “evening reception,”
as the invitation puts it, requires that attendees contribute $50,000 per couple
or have raised $100,000 for the campaign.
The Post originally reported
that the cost for attending the dinner would be $60,000.
is set to cap a day of meetings and a speech by Romney, who will be visiting
Israel after attending the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London on
Plans for the visit are being made as speculation swirls over
who Romney will pick to be his vice presidential running mate.
Thursday, the Drudge Report put former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’s
name back on the front burner with a story suggesting campaign sources have
placed her at the top of the short list.
Rice’s name has surfaced in the
past, but she has consistently denied being interested in the
Instead, New Jersey Gov.
Christ Christie, Ohio Sen. Rob
Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Minnesota Gove. Tim Pawlenty are
seen as leading choices.
Rice, however, has done well in polls of
potential vice presidential choices, though she has detractors on the Right due
to her pro-choice views and charges that she was not tough enough on countries
like Iran while in office. She also could alienate moderates who see her as too
closely aligned with former president George W.
Bush, under whom she
served, and with unpopular policies such as the Iraq war.
reiterated her disinterest in the position through a spokesman after the Drudge
Report came out. ABC News said that Rice, according to the spokesman, stands
behind earlier comments ruling out the job possibility.
In one of several
recent statements on the subject, she told CBS last month, “There is no way I
would do this.”