Friday, January 04, 2008

7) U.S. Presidential Hopefuls Running after Jewish Voters

ARUTZ SHEVA (Israeli National News) - by Sarah Morrison - November 9, 2007
American Jewish support is becoming increasingly critical for Presidential hopefuls as the United States' Middle East policy tries to shape Israel's future, according to a senior Democratic party leader.

The candidates know that "they cannot be a serious contender for the Presidency if they do not stand strong on Israel," declared Hillel Schenker, Vice Chairman of Democrats Abroad, an organization for American citizens in countries outside the United States.

Democratic candidate Senator Hillary Clinton has, by far, the most experience dealing with the Middle East of all the likely presidential candidates, according to Schenker.

However, history tells us that "a candidate who becomes President changes his policy once in office," observed Steve Goldberg, a Los Angeles lawyer who serves as the National Vice President of the Zionist Organization of America. "Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were unequivocal in their support of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem when they were running for President, but neither kept his promise. Pro-Israel advocates in the United States expect that a President will not keep all of his or her promises once elected." - - - -
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