Romney has outraged the Palestinians when he suggested that the Israeli economy is prospering, unlike the Palestinian Authority’s, due to Israel’s superior culture.
During a fundraiser for American-Jewish supporters in Israel, Romney spoke about the economic differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, ignoring the limitations that the occupation puts on Palestinian economic development, saying instead that the reason for the gap was due to cultural differences between Israelis and Palestinians. Read more.
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was warmly received Sunday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his 24-hour visit to Jerusalem.
Romney also met with President Shimon Peres and Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz before visiting the Western Wall in the Old City. Read more.
On the eve of presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel, a new Gallup poll reveals that Jewish American voters continue to support his rival, U.S. President Barack Obama, by a wide 68%-25% margin.
According to the poll, released on Friday, Americans have a generally positive view of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with 35% viewing him favorably, compared to 23% who view him negatively. 41% of Americans say they have no opinion of Netanyahu one way or another. Read more.
Chemi Shalev / If it’s Obama vs. Romney, the battle for the Jews is on
Jews might sympathize more than others with the Mormon candidate’s need to put on a mask in the company of Christian conservatives.
Rick Santorum’s departure from the Republican presidential race means that America probably won’t witness the kind of now or never, black-or-white, life or death campaign that is par for the course in Israeli elections. And in a race that now seems to be bound for the heart of the American center, Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney will be waging fierce battle for the support of American Jews as well.
Romney stands a fighting chance of making inroads among the 78% or so of the Jews who voted for Obama in 2008. If he can allay Jewish concerns about the influence of Christian conservatives on his social agenda, Romney might convert enough Jewish votes in places where it could theoretically make a very big difference. If he keeps Obama at or around the 62% of the Jewish vote that a recent survey of the Public Religion Research Institute gave him, Romney will have come close to or even equaled the best results ever achieved by Republican presidential candidates. Read more.