U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney has closed his trip to Israel by telling donors about the spiritual connection he felt in Jerusalem.
The likely Republican Party nominee spoke to a group of about 40 people Monday at Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The breakfast event was expected to bring in more than $1 million for his campaign to defeat President Barack Obama in the November election.
"I come to this place, therefore, with a sense of profound humility, as I look around here at great people who've accomplished a great thing, and also a sense of spiritual connection, acknowledging the hand of providence in establishing this place and making it a holy city," Romney said.
His comments came a day after he declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The remarks angered Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland, July 31, 2012.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave to people on the street before his meeting with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk at the Old Town Hall in Gdansk, Poland, July 30, 2012.
Romney meets with Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Gdansk, July 30, 2012.
Romney pauses next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
Romney greets the crowd after his visit to the Western Wall.
Romney meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, July 29, 2012.
Romney walks down Grosvenor Place to avoid a traffic jam and is recognized by bystanders. He was walking to meet Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Embassy of Ireland in London, July 27, 2012.
With the headline "Mitt the Twit", The Sun newspaper criticizes comments regarding the London Olympics made by Mitt Romney in London.
Romney meets with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the Irish Embassy in London, July 27, 2012.
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium London, July 27, 2012.
Monday's fundraiser included billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and other major Republican donors.
After the event, Romney went to Poland, where he met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk before a scheduled visit with former president Lech Walesa later in the day.
Romney is also expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Westerplatte memorial, the site of a Nazi attack that launched the Second World War.
While in Israel, Romney spoke about the country's economy, highlighting the gap between its gross domestic product and that of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He said there is a "dramatically stark difference in economic vitality."
The World Bank issued a report last week saying Israeli restrictions are "major constraints" to Palestinian economic activity. The report said the Palestinian Authority is unlikely to become fiscally stable until there is a political settlement in the Middle East.
"Growth will not be sustainable until Palestinians have access to resources and are allowed to move freely," the report said.
Romney also compared the amount of money Israel and the United States spend on health care, saying the U.S. must find ways to provide care to more people while lowering costs.