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57% of Israelis Want Romney in the White House

A recent survey reveals that a majority of Israelis would like to see Mitt Romney become the next president of the United States.
By Annie Lubin
First Publish: 10/28/2012, 5:47 PM

A majority of Israelis want Romney to win Nov 6
A majority of Israelis want Romney to win Nov 6
Reuters

The Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. continually state that as the U.S.'s most important ally in the Middle East, they have Israel's best interests at heart. And while the Jewish American population and pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC seem to think Barack Obama is best equipped to handle the situation in the Middle East, it seems Israelis think otherwise. 

A recent survey by the Israel Democracy Institute reveals that a majority of Israelis, when considering what's best for the Israel and its interests, would like to see Mitt Romney become the next president of the United States. 

57% of those surveyed said they think the Republican candidate would be the better leader to handle foreign affairs in the Middle East and to look out for the best interests of Israel, while only 22% think another four years of the Obama administration will be beneficial.

These findings reflect the general political standings of the current Israeli population, as 55.5% of Israelis define themselves as right leaning, 31% as center and 17% as left wing. 

Yet in the Israeli-Arab community, the survey's findings are almost exactly opposite. 45% believe Obama has Israel's best interests at heart while 17% believe that a possible Romney administration will be best for Israel.