Romney Closes Foreign Trip in Poland

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Poland, wrapping up a foreign trip that included stops in Israel and Britain.

Romney met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Monday before his planned visit with former president Lech Walesa later in the day.

Romney is also expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Westerplatte memorial, the site of a Nazi attack that launched the Second World War.

Earlier Monday, the expected Republican Party nominee held a fundraiser with major donors in Jerusalem that was expected to bring in more than $1 million for his campaign.

Romney told about 40 donors at the King David Hotel about the spiritual connection he felt to Jerusalem. He also spoke about Israel's economy, highlighting the gap between its output and that of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Those remarks came a day after he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

The World Bank issued a report last week saying Israeli restrictions are “major constraints” to Palestinian economic activity. The report said the Palestinian Authority is unlikely to become fiscally stable until there is a political settlement in the Middle East.