Oops! Romney Israel Fundraiser Canceled Due To Conflict With Holiday

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Seriously, who the hell is on Romney's advance team and why do they still have their jobs? Do they not do any kind of research at all, or were they so blinded by Sheldon Adelson's promise of making it rain donations that they didn't bother to check a calendar?

In a foreign policy speech, Romney voiced strong support for the alliance between the United States and Israel and seemed to suggest that President Barack Obama had let the relationship flounder.

He also declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel - a view popular in his host country, but controversial elsewhere in the world.

However, Romney's gaffe-prone world tour was not without error in Israel as it was revealed he was forced to cancel a high-price dinner fundraiser in the nation because it was scheduled for a Jewish day of fasting.[..]

The Republican presidential candidate originally had planned a $50,000-a-plate dinner in Israel for Sunday night -- even though today is also Tisha B'Av, a Jewish day to mourn the victim and the Holocaust and the destruction of first and second Temple of Jerusalem.

It is traditionally a day of fast when restaurants in Israel are closed by law.

The Huffington Post reports that Romney's campaign knew the significance of the date, but planned the fundraiser anyway, hoping a 'small meeting but a big fundraiser' wouldn't offend his Israeli supporters.

'Dietary laws will be observed. Refreshments will not be served until after the fast,' read the invitation to the event.

The campaign, however, didn't expect a backlash from Israelis, who were upset that the former Massachusetts governor planned to raise money during the solemn occasion.

On July 12, the event was canceled, 'campaign is aware of the sensitivity of that date.'

Yup. They were "aware of" but not particularly sensitive to the date. Because who schedules a dinner fundraiser on a day of fasting? Who asks for money on a day of mourning? As Jeffrey Goldberg called it, it's incredibly vulgar.

So first Mittens repeatedly insults the British, our very special "friend" (or enabler, depending on how you want to look at it), then insults the Israelis, and now he's on his way to Poland for the last leg of his international tour. I'm a little afraid to think how this is going to turn out.


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