Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney have a longstanding relationship dating back to 1976, according to an
article published Sunday in The New York Times.
Romney and Netanyahu both
worked as corporate advisers at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and attended
the same weekly firm sessions.
The shared history has led to a warm
friendship, which included joint meals in Boston, New York and Jerusalem, the
A network of mutual friends and their common
conservative ideologies have further drawn the two politicians together, it
When Netanyahu wanted to incentivize pension funds to divest from
Iran-connected businesses, Romney advised him on which US officials to go to.
When Romney, as the Massachusetts governor, wanted to shrink his government’s
size, Netanyahu suggested ideas from his personal experience, according to the
“We can almost speak in shorthand,” Romney said in an interview
with the Times
. “We share common experiences and have a perspective and
underpinning which is similar.”
Netanyahu attributed their “easy
communication” to what he called “BCG’s intellectually rigorous boot camp,” he
told the Times
through an aide.