October 1, 2008


McCain a runaway favourite ... among Israelis (OAKLAND ROSS, 10/01/08, Toronto Star)

A poll conducted in late July, around the time Obama visited here, showed McCain enjoying the support of 75 per cent of Israelis.

"The results were so clear-cut," said Tamar Hermann, director of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, "that we haven't bothered to put this question again."

Israelis' clear preference for McCain stems mainly from the impression he would deal more firmly with this country's enemies than Obama would, especially the perceived threat from Iran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has mused more than once about the eradication of Israel, and his country is widely believed to be pursuing the capacity to build nuclear weapons.

Obama has declared his willingness to hold talks with Iran's rulers, as well as the leaders of other so-called rogue states, without preconditions – a position scorned by McCain and by most Israelis.

"This is the kind of talk Israelis can't stand, either from their own leaders or anyone else," said Hermann. "Obama's words on Iran are not perceived as tough enough."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2008 4:08 PM
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