Pray for a quiet Israel visit for Romney on Tisha B’Av

What if an Israeli official came out and said that any Palestinian who honors those Arabs who were killed by Baruch Goldstein is committing an act of anti-Semitism? And what if, on the following day, Israel refused to practice judo next to a Lebanese team? Could one imagine the (justified) media and world uproar if this were true?

Well – it is, but reversed (and there’s no uproar). Indeed, this week, a Palestinian official said expressing solidarity with the 11 victims of a terror attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics would constitute “racism.” And the Lebanese judo team at the 2012 London Olympics refused to practice next to the Israeli one on Friday afternoon. A makeshift barrier was erected to split their gym into two halves. Yet, the media was silence. Indeed the silence of mainstream media on Israel is simply despicable. The Arab ability to utilize public relations to influence the media is simply mind-boggling.

Who can speak of “peace” when official representatives say it is “racist” to honor Israeli Olympians who were murdered in cold blood?  A moment of silence to honor those who were killed at the Olympics – simply for being Jewish. Even commemorating a fact is something they find objectionable – and perhaps with the help of the liberal media, in 20 years the media will justify the attack. Sickening.

On this Tisha B’Av, the saddest Jewish day of the year, I will pray that Mitt Romney gets out of Israel without any gaffes. There’s so much risk for Romney in Israel – and I think at this point he has a lot more he can lose than gain by speaking too much about Israel.  Whether it’s Netanyahu pushing Romney too much or meddling in domestic affairs, a simple misstep about the Middle East, or a word-slip on the settlements – so much is so sensitive in that part of the world. Knowing the American-Jewish and Israeli right very well, I hope that no one who thinks they are well meaning oversteps the boundaries, and they very well could. Let’s allow Romney quiet and silence – let the eager be contained.

It’s really quite simple indeed: As Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said this week, Obama is “the least supportive president” of Israel in American history, and the idea that Obama is a friend to Israel is “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard. Steve Goldstein in this video explains why he voted Obama last time – and wont again:

When he had the prime minister of Israel, Netanyahu, to the White House, he wasn’t just the prime minister of Israel. He really represented all of us–Jews, Israelis, people throughout the world who believed in the state of Israel. And he was disrespectful to him to a point I had never seen.”

Contrast that with the Obama bow to the Saudi King – and what rational person could not vote Romney? Any American concerned with a safe and secure America – including the Evangelicals and many others who matter much more than the few Jews in swing states – and that must be remembered.

This Tisha B’Av I will pray that Romney gets through the next few days on Israel quietly. (Yes, a PR Agency owner will pray for quiet.)

On Tisha B’Av, the saddest Jewish day of the year, we commemorate the destruction of the temple. We should all be praying that the man who shuns the leader of the Jews and bows to Arab kings won’t be leader of the free world come November. Otherwise, heaven forbid, I fear that during future Tisha B’Avs we could mourn many more things.

About the Author
Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page