Israelis happy with rising popularity of Scott Brown

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Conservative Israeli media outlets this week expressed satisfaction with the rising popularity of senator-elect Scott Brown, the surprise winner of Massachusetts' special congressional election following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.

In addition to bolstering Republican opposition to US President Barack Obama's more liberal policies in the Senate, Brown will increase support for Israel in Congress, thereby making it even harder for Obama to ram through his wayward Middle East policies by using economic pressure.

Recently, Obama's special Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, suggested the president could hold back financial aid to Israel in order to strong-arm Jerusalem into meeting more Arab demands.

Brown is on record as supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but only on Israel's terms. He does not support a full surrender of Judea and Samaria, nor does he believe Jerusalem should be divided.

According to a poll conducted by Zogby, Brown would actually beat Obama in a presidential election held today. In the poll, Brown received 46.5 percent of the vote, while Obama garnered 44.6 percent.

The results highlighted a continuing shift away from the policies of Obama, both at home and abroad.

Many American supporters of Israel agree with Israeli commentators that Obama went overboard with his outreach to the Muslim world and raised Arab expectations that Washington would extract from Israel whatever concessions they demanded. With Arab demands now going far beyond what any Israeli prime minister could meet, the chances for peace have nearly faded entirely.

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