Romney to meet Israeli leaders

The Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney touched down in Tel Aviv last night as part of a three-nation foreign tour that includes Britain and Poland. He hopes it will boost his credentials to direct US national security and diplomacy.

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Mitt Romney meets Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu

Mitt Romney meeting Benjamin Netanyahu
Mitt Romney meeting Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: REUTERS/POOL New

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney today met with Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

The meeting is the second leg of a foreign trip aimed at bolstering his foreign policy credentials in his race to unseat President Barack Obama in the US presidential election.

Shortly before those talks, Romney's senior national security aide, Dan Senor, told reporters travelling with the candidate:

"If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision."

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Mitt Romney visits Israel as part of his foreign tour

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive in Tel Aviv
U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann arrive in Tel Aviv Credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed

Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney will meet Israeli leaders later today after arriving in Tel Aviv last night.

His pro-Israel stance is likely to ensure a warm welcome from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and he is expected to strengthen the links between the US and Israel if elected as president.

The visit is the latest part of a three-nation trip that includes Britain and Poland.

Romney U-turn on London Olympics

The Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said that he is "absolutely convinced" that London is ready for the Olympic Games, only a day after he hinted that Britain was not ready to host the sporting spectacle.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets with U.S Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney in 10 Downing Street on Thursday.
Prime Minister David Cameron meets with U.S Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney in 10 Downing Street on Thursday. Credit: David Bebber/The Times/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 65-year-old said: "I'm absolutely convinced London is ready for the games.

"After being here for a couple of days it looks like London is ready. It's really impressive that the venues are right in the centre of the city," he told NBC News.

US media pick up on Mitt Romney's shaky start

Mitt Romney's foreign trip got off to a shaky start after he doubted if Britain could pull off the Olympics. The Presidential hopeful needs to show he's got what it takes to represent the US on the world stage.

But as the Washington Post reports he ended up "getting dissed" by Boris Johnson. The paper is also quick to point out the parts of the preparations that haven't exactly gone to plan.

US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Downing Street
US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Downing Street Credit: Reuters

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Are we ready? Yes we are! London mayor dismisses Mitt Romney's Olympic worries

Boris Johnson dismissed the concerns of US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney tonight after he appeared to question how ready we are to host the Olympics. Speaking ahead of a special concert in Hyde Park, London's Mayor said:

"The excitement is growing so much I think the Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoink on the scale! People are coming from around the world and they're seeing the greatest city on earth.

And there are some people who are coming from around the world who don't yet know about all the preparations we've done to get London ready in the last seven years. I hear there's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we're ready? Are we ready? Yes we are! The venues are ready."

Boris Johnson telling Hyde Park, and the world, London will host the 'best-ever' Games
Boris Johnson telling Hyde Park, and the world, London will host the 'best-ever' Games Credit: Pool

Boris Johnson continued: "The stadium is ready. The aquatic centre is ready. The velodrome is ready. The security is ready. The police are ready. The transport system is ready. And, our team GB athletes are ready aren't they.

There will be more gold, silver and bronze medals than you'd need to bail out Greece and Spain together! Are we worried out the weather? We're not worried about the weather... Have a wonderful, wonderful London 2012."

PM's 'comments likely reflect his lack of familiarity with Salt Lake City'

Earlier today, when asked about US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments questioning Britain's readiness to host the Olympics, Mr Cameron said:

"We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world.

"Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."

Some observers thought the PM may be drawing a pointed contrast with Mr Romney's experience as chief executive of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

In response, Art Raymond, a spokesman for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said:

Prime Minister Cameron's comments likely reflect his lack of familiarity with Salt Lake City.

We'd welcome the opportunity to share all that we enjoy here with the PM, including a great number of assets that you'd be hard-pressed to find in London.

We also hosted the most successful Olympic Winter Games, ever.

He can stop by, any time…we'd love to have him and happy to send a map so he doesn't run into any trouble locating the middle of nowhere."

– Spokesman for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Mitt Romney applauds the Olympic Games organisers

I applaud the work of the organising commitee at bringing the Olympic experience right into the heart of London.

To look out of the backside of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed knowing that athletes will be carrying their competition almost in the backyard of the Prime Minister is really quite an accomplishment on the part of those who wanted to make sure the Olympics was not something far off where the people could not enjoy it but instead held right in London itself.

– US presidential candidate Mitt Romney
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