Rabbis say Clinton would be best for Israel

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A majority of US rabbis polled in an annual pre-Rosh Hashanah survey said Senator Hillary Clinton is the US presidential candidate most supportive of Israel.

Two hundred rabbis from all denominations participated in the survey, which was conducted by a Jewish leadership organization called STAR, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

STAR officials noted that “when asked which party is more supportive of Israel, almost half, 49 percent, say there is no difference in parties, 21 percent point to the Republican Party as more supportive...whereas 16 percent cite the Democratic Party as more supportive of Israel.”

As for which candidate would best serve Israel's interests, a 41 percent majority said they were still unsure. The candidate receiving the most votes was Clinton, with 22 percent. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani came in second place with 16 percent of the vote.

It was Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, who oversaw the “Oslo” peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians, an ongoing process that most conservatives in Israel and the US now recognize as a monumental error. Hillary Clinton would be expected to maintain her husband's course in Israeli-Arab peacemaking, while Giuliani wrote last month that it was “not in the interest of the United States, at a time when it is being threatened by Islamist terrorists, to assist the creation of another state that will support terrorism.”

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