The Israel Factor: Ranking the Presidential Candidates

A review to see who is kissing the most ass. Seems like they’re all in the race for the “best for Israel” prize with some doing better than others.

Haaretz: The Israel Factor Ranking US Presidentail Candidates

“I don’t think there is any nation that would not have reacted the way Israel did after two soldiers had been snatched. I support Israel’s response to take some action in protecting themselves.” (August 22, 2006) Barak Obama

“I don’t fault Israel for wanting to rid their border with Lebanon from those Katyusha missiles that can fire in and harm Israeli citizens, so I think that any cease fire would have to be premised on the removal of those missiles.” (July 2006)  Barak Obama

With Barack Obama getting a score of 3.88 out of 10 ( ten is “best for Israel”, one is “worst for Israel”) now up to 5.13 following his policy speech to AIPAC, the Israel lobby group, we can only imagine what you have to say to be getting scores like  Hilary Clintons 7.5

A few other quotes from the site

 The Senator for New York and former First Lady supports moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  [Jerusalem was origionally to be internationalised in UN resolution 181 belonging to neither side as its to significant, in the 67 war Israel also occupied more of the city and is called on to withdraw from these sections in UN resolution 242, so this is a very bias statement]

“The security and freedom of Israel must be decisive and remain at the core of any American approach to the Middle East. This has been a hallmark of American foreign policy for more than 50 years and we must not – dare not – waver from this commitment.”

Hilary Clinton

“The people of Jerusalem and the people of New York City are shoulder-to-shoulder; and the people of America and the people of Israel are shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against terrorism.” (Jerusalem, December 2001)

In 1995, Giuliani had late Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat ejected from a concert at the Lincoln Center in New York

Rudy Giuliani, Republican

The former Vice President attended the celebrations in Jerusalem to mark the State of Israel’s 50th anniversary.

“This is our responsibility: to safeguard Israel and to do the work of building peace with security.” (AIPAC conference, May 2000)

Al Gore