... Romney adviser Dan Senor, who is intimately involved in the planning of the trip, confirms a William Kristol item earlier that the selection of the date — at which some Jews have taken offense as a lack of sensitivity — was very deliberate...
Kristol's report said:
During discussions about the trip over the last month, advisers to Romney and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the appropriateness of a Romney visit to Israel on this date. But Netanyahu, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has confirmed from top aides in Jerusalem and Boston, encouraged Romney to be in Jerusalem on this solemn day, one that recalls the tragedies of Jewish history and calls to mind current threats to the Jewish people."Governor Romney will be in Jerusalem during the Jewish holy day of Tisha B’Av," Senor said in an email. "What better way for the Governor to understand the opportunities and the threats to Israel than to be there on a day when the people of Israel and Jews around the world commemorate and mourn the destruction of the Temple and of Jerusalem twice in their history. Indeed, Governor Romney hopes for this visit to be about remembering the past and looking to the future. With that, in addition to the meeting he will hold with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Governor is honored that the Netanyahus have invited the Romneys to the traditional break-fast meal following sundown after Tisha B’av.“