Cartoon: Dan Wasserman in the Boston Globe.
Two posts below, I commented on Mitt Romney's inane performance on his recent foreign trip. Tom Friedman had a column in this morning's New York Times that perfectly summarized what's wrong with the long pattern of American politicians cozying up to Israel (and Jewish voters here at home) and what's wrong with Mitt Romney's recent behavior in Israel. Good reading. You might as well read Maureen Dowd's delightful mockery of Romney, too.
It's pretty funny to see in today's news that Romney also praised Israel's health care system while he was there. The Israeli system has far more government control than the new American system, which Romney says he deplores. Romney will say anything to curry favor with an audience.
UPDATE: On what's wrong with Romney's emphasis on culture as the primary explanation for the difference between Israeli prosperity and Palestinian impoverishment, see this excellent piece by James Fallows.