By Fern Sidman
While visiting Israel on the second leg of his overseas tour, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a political fundraiser at the storied King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning, July 30th. The breakfast gathering featured casino magnate, Sheldon Adelson, who has emerged as the most magnanimous of Republican donors with a reported $10 million contribution to “Restore Our Future”, the super-PAC supporting Romney. Other notable personalities in attendance were: New York Jets owner Woody Johnson; Detroit developer John Rakolta; and, Lisa Spies, who is Romney’s finance chair. The Romney campaign garnered over $1 million in pledges from the 45 donors who paid anywhere from $25,000 – $50,000 to attend.
The fundraiser followed a day in which Governor Romney visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall (the Kotel HaMaravi) on the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar, known as the 9th day in the month of Av (Tisha B’Av). Donning a “Kippah” (traditional Jewish male head covering), Romney stood pensively at Judaism’s holiest site and stopped to pray as he placed a note in the cracks of the wall.