What Makes a Prez 'Good for Israel'?

Key is choosing one who will bolster America's clout, says NYT' s Friedman
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2008 11:20 AM CDT
What Makes a Prez 'Good for Israel'?
George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert share a laugh during a tour of the historic fortress of Masada, Thursday, May 15, 2008, in Israel.   (AP Photo/Ariel Jerozolimski/ Jerusalem Post, Pool)

The next US president must build an America strong enough to sway the Middle East, but needn't be doggedly pro-Israel, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times. And while Barack Obama is dogged by questions of whether he's “good for Israel,” Friedman notes, none other than "Israel-friendly" George W. Bush has spoken out in favor of Palestinian statehood.

“As an American Jew, I don’t vote for president on the basis of who will be the strongest supporter of Israel. I vote for who will make America strongest,” Friedman writes. Further, regardless of who the next president is, he or she won’t put all the country’s eggs in Israel’s basket. Republican or Democrat, “America is now committed to a two state solution.” (Read more Arab Israeli conflict stories.)

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