With the Obama Administration having so aggressively rewritten US foreign policy as regards the Israeli-Arab conflict, the Jewish state is expected to play a bigger role than ever in the upcoming race for the White House.
The importance of American policy on Israel became increasingly evident on Tuesday when leading Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty blasted Obama over his treatment of the Jewish state and his wayward peace initiatives.
"Israeli-Palestinian peace is further away now than the day Barack Obama came to office," Pawlenty told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. "But that does not have to be a permanent situation. We must recognize that peace will only come if everyone in the region perceives clearly that America stands strongly with Israel."
Other Republican contenders like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney have made similarly strong statements in support of Israel, and have even visited the Jewish state in recent months.
Polls have shown that such unabashed backing of Israel's position is perfectly in line with the sentiments of the American public.
A survey conducted earlier this month by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of The Israel Project revealed that 56 percent of American voters define themselves as "Israel supporters."
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