Israeli and American citizens in Israel have expressed mixed feelings regarding the U.S. presidential candidate's policies towards Israel following the foreign policy debate where President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over who would better defend Israel's security.
Tel Aviv resident Hedva Adiri:
"Definitely I believe Obama is better, not only for the Israeli people, for the all Western world. I think he is intellectual and he is liberal, and he really, I think, presents for all people who are for a peaceful world."
Romney restated his argument that Obama has been weak in his support of America’s most important ally in the region, and criticized the president for not visiting the country since he has been in the White House.
American student Pricella Smith:
"We feel that the relationship between America and Israel is very important, we don't feel that president Obama has done an adequate job of insuring that that relationship is secure, and so we feel that Mitt Romney is the better choice."
While Jewish voters in the United States, who are strongly represented in coastal states such as New York, Florida and California, traditionally vote for the Democrats, American Jews living in Israel, of which there are more than 250,000, are more likely to vote for Republicans due to that party’s more hawkish foreign policy.