In a move he hopes can boost his stature among conservatives and Jewish voters and donors, Mitt Romney will travel to Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials, The New York Times reported on Monday.
Romney has visited Israel three times, the newspaper reported. Although presidential candidates seldom leave the country during the heat of a campaign, the former Massachusetts governor also is planning to attend the upcoming Olympic Games in London. It is unclear whether the Israel trip will be a separate one.
Barack Obama visited Israel in July 2008, meeting with leaders there. Obama holds a sizeable lead in polls over Romney among Jewish voters, but a recent poll showed his support from that demographic has plunged 10 percentage points since 2008.
Romney has accused Obama of being insufficiently pro-Israel, and has taken a hawkish stance in favor of Israel as tensions with Iran have mounted.