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October 24, 2012 2:28 pm

Americans Living in Israel Cast Ballots, Prefer Romney

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Governor Romney at the debate.

As the Nov. 6 election approaches, American citizens living Israel have begun to cast absentee ballots in record numbers, with many reportedly voicing support for Republican Mitt Romney.

Daniel Laufer, 26, from North Miami Beach, Fla., told the New York Times he voted for Romney because of his “economic record” and because he had become “disenchanted with Obama’s Middle East policies.”

According to poll released by the Begin-Sadat Center last summer, nearly a quarter of Israelis (23 percent) expressed a negative attitude towards Obama, up from 14 percent from a 2009 survey. Whereas in the 2009 survey 60 percent of Israelis described their attitude towards Obama as positive, in the current poll only 38 percent felt that way.

While support for Obama in Israel, and thereby Americans living in Israel, is trending more negative, American-Jewish support for Obama has remained relatively steady. A recent American Jewish Committee survey found that 61 percent approve of Obama’s handling of U.S.-Israeli relations, while 39 percent disapprove.

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There are an estimated 160,000 eligible American voters in Israel. In 2008, nearly 30,000 Americans in Israel voted, but this year the number has increased substantially with as many as 75,000 Americans registered.

An organization called iVoteIsrael helps Americans living there register and cast their ballots. However, some have accused iVoteIsrael, which is officially non-partisan, as being funded by Republican donors and having a pro-Republican bias in some of its campaign ads and speakers. But iVoteIsrael has steered clear of making any official endorsements and has sponsored several events and debates featuring both Democrats and Republicans.

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  • H ROSEN

    THIS IS NOT A ONE ISSUE CAMPAIGN..JEWS IN THE U S SUPPORT OBAMA BECAUSE HIS DOMESTIC POLICIES MORE REFLECT THEIR OWN ATTITUDES.
    I HAVE COUSINS AND FRIENDS IN ISRAEL AND FOR AN ISRAELI TO CALL ME A TRAITOR FOR SUPPORTING OBAMA IS LUDICROUS.
    OBAMA HAS GIVEN ISRAEL MORE WEAPONS AND INTELLIGENCE TO ISRAEL THAN ANY OTHER U S PRESIDENT.
    ALSO LUDICROUS IS THE HAIR BRAINED IDEAL OF ATTACKING IRAN BY ISRAEL ALONE. YOU MIGHT AS WELL ATTACK RUSSIA TOO. ISRAEL WOULD RUN OUT OF BULLETS KILLING HORDES OF
    IRANIANS MARCHING TO THE BORDERS.
    WHAT ROMNEY WOULD DO IS ANYBODY’S GUESS SINCE HE CHANGES HIS POLICIES WEEKLY

    • An American Jew

      H Rosen,

      First off, use of all caps on is the internet equivalent of screaming like a lunatic. That might not have been your intention, but that was the implied effect. Next time only use all-caps to highlight a word or phrase.

      I am not sure who is calling you a traitor. I think any Jew who votes for Obama is a fool, but not a traitor. And I can say that based on his complete and utter failure to stimulate the economy after spending nearly TWO TRILLION DOLLARS to do so. Obama promised unemployment under 5.4% and GDP growth. Instead we had a record 43 months of unemployment between 8% and 10% (and it would have been 44 months of the BLS had added the unemployment totals for California) and GDP has dropped every single year since the end of the recession and is now stagnated at a PATHETIC 1.3%. Obama said if he couldn’t fix the economy in 3 years, this would be a one term proposition. He failed and we should hold him to his word.

      Obama also registered a BIG FAILURE on the national debt and Obamacare. Obama actually added SIX TRILLION DOLLARS to the national debt by spending more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS every year more than the US took in revenue. That is Obamanomics and the numbers just don’t add up. Obama spent more in FOUR years that George W. Bush spent in EIGHT years.

      Obama promised to make healthcare affordable. Obama promised current subsribers that their healthcare costs would not increase, but by adding 30 million new subscribers with no premium charges for pre-existing conditions and not doing a thing about medical malpractice payouts (TORT REFORM) the cost of healthcare increased. My contribution to my healthcare nearly doubled in the two years since Obamacare was passed. This year the cost increase was FORTY PERCENT.

      Obama LIED to the American people about the true cost of Obamacare. By not addressing the Tort Reform issue in anyway he sold the American people out for campaign contributions from the Trial Lawyers!!

      All of this and his failure to set a RED LINE for Iran make Obama a complete FAILURE as a president!!

      FAILURE to fix the economy
      FAILURE to cut unemployment down to promised 5.4% level
      FAILURE to create jobs (only created 325,000 jobs)
      FAILURE to cut the national debt
      FAILURE to increase the GDP
      FAILURE to set a RED LINE in front of Iran

      All F’s for Obama and this is before we begin to address his antagonistic policy towards Israel. H Rosen you may be so much in love with the idea of Obama that you are in complete denial—but the rest of us are not.

  • Carol

    I don’t understand how many Jewish people believe that Obama is a friend to Israel, or to the Jewish people.He stands fully with the Muslim leaders etc.,has been extremely rude to Mr. Netayahu. He REFUSED to meet with him last time he was here and has treated Mr. Netayahu and Israel with contempt and disrespect every chance he gets. He has intentionally by his words and actions emboldened Israels enemies(Iran,Hamas etc.),because they KNOW he is NOT a TRUE friend to Israel, & of course they have KNOWN that before he was even elected president of the United States.PRAY for the Jewish people in the U.S.,in Israel,Jeresulem,& all over the world. True Christians love the Jewish people,and our hearts are always with them.SHALOM

  • Elul Gitlin

    I live in Israel and I voted for Obama. Chalk one up for the President.

    • An American Jew

      Elul you can chalk one up for Obama, but then we need to Chalk one down for America and Israel!!

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