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Why Is Romney So Feverish on Israel When Most Jews Will Vote Obama?



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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem in late July.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem in late July.
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Romney is using Iran and Netanyahu as his dowry to his own Republican base.

As George Will put it on ABC’s “This Week” after the Israel visit this month: “In Israel, he’s courting not the Jewish vote… The great support for Israel right now, the energy, is in the evangelical community, which is a part of the Republican base. So the trip to Israel is a way of firing up this enormously important, somewhat skeptical of Mitt Romney Republican base.”

It is expected that many Evangelicals, unable to stomach either Obama or Romney, will stay home this November. Polls suggest that in order to win, Romney must get an astonishing 61% of the white vote. How is a Mormon candidate to convince born again Christians to storm the voting booths in his behalf? Only by showing them that he is Israel’s only hope.

Will it work? Well, the Vegas line on the vote is 11-4 in favor of Obama, 4-7 in favor of Romney. If you put your money on Romney and he wins, you could make a killing.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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