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Axelrod ‘Mittzkrieg’ Comment Draws Fire from Jewish Group

Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Republican Jewish group is demanding an apology from Obama's senior campaign adviser David Axelrod after he referred to Mitt Romney’s ad campaign in Illinois as “the Mittzkrieg.”

“The Mittzkrieg in Illinois isn’t terribly inspiring, so turnout may lag,” Axelrod said via Twitter referring to the Illinois primary Tuesday. “But the sheer volume probably has been grindingly effective.”

The comment appears to compare Romney’s effort against GOP rival Rick Santorum with the blitzkrieg, a military strategy developed by the Nazis during World War II to bombard the Allies with ground and air forces.

Romney and his affiliated super PAC – Restore Our Future – have outspent Santorum and his affiliated super PAC – Red, White and Blue Fund – through what have been largely negative ad campaigns by eight to one, according to ABC News estimates.

The Republican Jewish Coalition condemned the comparison of Romney’s effort to the blitzkrieg as casual and inappropriate use of Nazi imagery and demanded an apology.

Axelrod is himself Jewish.

“At a time when there is so much talk about the need for civility in political discourse, it is disturbing to see President Obama’s top campaign adviser casually throw Nazi imagery around in reference to a Republican candidate for president,” the group said in a statement. “Holocaust and Nazi imagery are always inappropriate in the political arena. Axelrod should apologize for his offensive language.”

Romney campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom circulated the RJC statement, saying the group “slaps @davidaxelrod for ‘Mittzkrieg comment, saying ‘Holocaust and Nazi imagery’ inappropriate.”

A spokesman for the Obama campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

National Jewish Democratic Council president and CEO David A. Harris said, “Jewish Republicans’ protest to this supposed reference is too much, methinks. Their silence has been beyond deafening when actual, direct abusive Holocaust rhetoric has been invoked by key Republicans — such as Rep. Allen West recently saying that infamous Nazi Joseph Goebbels would ‘be very proud of the Democrat Party.’ Their party is thick with it, from the top down. Nice try, but a real start would be addressing the widespread abusive Holocaust rhetoric that permeates the right — disturbingly employed on a regular basis.”

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Sarah Palin In Israel, Will Dine with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Sarah Palin made her first pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Sunday, joining a long line of presidential hopefuls who have traveled to Israel prior to throwing their hat in the ring.

During a tour of the Western Wall Palin expressed support for Jews praying openly at the Temple Mount asking her Israeli tour guides, “why are you apologizing all the time?” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Temple Mount, a holy site to both Jews and Muslims, is one of the world’s most contested religious sites.

One of Palin’s tour guides World Likud Chairman Danny Danon said Palin “really connected to the story of the Jewish nation.” According to The Jerusalem Post, Danon said “I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holy sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they’re not right.”

The former Alaska governor prayed at the Wall and left a note with a personal prayer in it.

“I’m so thankful to be able to be here, and I’m thankful to know the Israel-American connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations continue,” Palin reportedly said.

Palin’s trip to Israel comes on the heels of her visit to India over the weekend. On Monday Palin and her husband Todd will have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at their residence in Jerusalem.

Although the 2008 vice presidential nominee remains mum about her 2012 intentions, several of Palin’s potential rivals for the GOP candidacy have also met with Netanyahu in recent months, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Palin has said recently it could be several months before she decides whether or not to run in 2012.

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