(NYT) The two young men had woefully little in common: one was a wealthy Mormon from Michigan, the other a middle-class Jew from Israel.I guess that if the Mormon from Michigan is elected president then Netanyahu will not have to visit the White House through the back door.
But in 1976, the lives of Mitt Romney and Benjamin Netanyahu intersected, briefly but indelibly, in the 16th-floor offices of the Boston Consulting Group, where both had been recruited as corporate advisers. At the most formative time of their careers, they sized each other up during the firm’s weekly brainstorming sessions, absorbing the same profoundly analytical view of the world.
That shared experience decades ago led to a warm friendship, little known to outsiders, that is now rich with political intrigue. Mr. Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, is making the case for military action against Iran as Mr. Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, is attacking the Obama administration for not supporting Mr. Netanyahu more robustly.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
A Friendship Dating to 1976 Resonates in 2012