U.S. favorability ratings for Benjamin Netanyahu among likely U.S. voters dropped dramatically among those who lean Democratic in the aftermath of the Israeli prime minister’s speech to the U.S. Congress, a Gallup poll showed.
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All across Israel and in the settlements, Israelis of all stripes went to the polls. From the Galilee to Jerusalem, they voted with widely divergent visions of their country’s future.
For the Jewish establishment, Barack Obama’s big win is a rude awakening. Conservatives who regard the president as an existential threat to Israel are scratching their heads.
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Jews were supposed to vote on Israel and Medicare. They didn’t. Despite palpable disillusionment, they backed President Obama with just a small dip in support from 2008.
It’s open season on that much ridiculed species: the undecided voter. They actually deserve sympathy because the campaign has been so devoid of specifics.
Republicans in the US state of Florida say they intend to capitalize on what they perceive to be a widespread feeling of disillusionment among Jewish voters in this state, over President Obama’s handling of the economy and Israel. In 2008 78% of Jewish Americans voted for Obama, reflecting a long standing bias. President George W. Bush famously won the White House after a contested re-count by just 537 votes. The Republican Party is not expected to win a majority of Jewish voters, but if some Jews change their mind, it could have a disproportionate impact on the outcome of the race nationwide. Nick Harper, JN1, Florida.
In the United States, the Republicans are holding their National Convention. It’s a chance to get their message out and try to motivate the nation to vote for their candidate Mitt Romney in November’s Presidential election. This year they’re trying hard to win over Jewish voters who traditionally vote for the Democrats. In the last election Democrat Barack Obama collected 78% of the Jewish vote, helping him into the White House. But Mitt Romney hopes to prove with his pro-Israeli foreign policy that he is the candidate that Jews should vote for. Nick Harper, JN1, Florida.
The man who wants to become America’s next President and take up office in the White House has been on a charm offensive to win support abroad, and win votes back home. This close to the election - just 3 months - and the Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel really boils down to one thing - winning over America’s Jewish community before November’s presidential ballot. It was a trip abroad, but all about votes back home. Meeting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put Mitt Romney on an international stage. With the old city of Jerusalem as a backdrop, he pledged to support Israel against Iran. This speech was designed to show Mr Romney as presidential - able to lead America - and answer his critics who say he’s weak on foreign policy. But commentators say it also helps influence voters back home. For Republican candidates though Jewish voters are hard to persuade. In 2008 78% of Jews chose Democratic Barack Obama. But since then some have become disillusioned with President Obama’s stance on the Middle East peace process. Exactly why the White House chose now to announce an additional $70 million dollars in military aid for Israel - boosting Jewish support and upstaging Mitt Romney. Romney also needs the votes of Evangelical Christians - a small but significant group in important swing states like Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. But analysts feel his trip to Israel and Poland, while significant, won’t be the deciding factor come November. By backing …