The Romney campaign has released an ad that makes the most of Mitt Romney’s recent trip to Israel, and aims squarely at Barack Obama’s record in office. The 30-second ad, which is made for television, contrasts Romney’s visit and his support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with Obama’s failure on both counts.
The ad is about policy, but frames the differences between the candidates in terms of “values”–especially religious freedom, which Romney says he will defend. Dividing Jerusalem–a possibility to which Obama is apparently committed, in violation of promises made to pro-Israel voters in 2008–would mean the end of the religious openness that Israel has preserved in the city since unifying it in the Six Day War of 1967.
It is not clear yet where the ad will run, but it is likely to target voters in swing states that have either a strong evangelical or significant Jewish population: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and possibly Virginia.