As many as 50,000 Americans in Israel, of not more, began voting for president this week, and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is expected to win a majority.
The absentee voting precedes the balloting in the United States by two weeks. It is estimated than more than 150,000 people in Israel with American citizenship are eligible to vote. However, a large number includes those who are citizens by virtue of having been born in Israel to American parents.
Many of them have no interest in American politics or do not feel any reason to vote in an election in what they consider a foreign country.
Americans overseas generally support the Democratic candidate, but Americans in Israel usually have a more Republican bent, with GOP candidate Sen. John McCain having won a solid majority in the 2008 election.
The Iranian nuclear threat and President Obama’s hard-line position against a Jewish presence in all of Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria has convinced many faithful Democrats in Israel to back Romney.
The New York Times this week quoted Philadelphia native Dr. Naftali Neal Fish as saying, “In the United States, like most people, I voted Democratic,” but this time he is backing Romney.
The iVoteIsrael organization has tried to get out the vote throughout Israel, including Judea and Samaria, where a relatively large number of American live.
The ballots will be counted in the states where the residents last lived or voted, approximately 40 percent in New York, which is all but sewn up by Obama.
California, also solidly Obama, is next in line, followed by New Jersey.