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Barack Obama's re-election reverberates far beyond US borders — so much so that citizens of some distant nations, like Pakistan and Turkey, say they too should have been able to vote. To give them a voice, GlobalPost interviewed people around the world for their views on the United States and who they hoped would win the election.

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Israel and Palestine

US Election: What if Israel could vote?

'I don't know Romney, but I wouldn't vote for Obama. Because my feeling is that he is anti-Israel.'

JERUSALEM — As part of GlobalPost's project to interview 100 people in 20 locations around the world about the 2012 US election, we asked Israelis:

If you could vote in the United States, whom would you vote for and why?

Will the 2012 US election affect your country and how?

Has your opinion of the US improved or worsened since President Barack Obama took office in 2008?

What's the most important thing the next US president should do?

 

  • Country: Israel
  • Name: Sergei Ivasenko
  • Occupation: Electronic engineer
  • Age: 31
  • I would vote for: Romney
My vote: "I don't know Romney, but I wouldn't vote for Obama. Because my feeling is that he is anti-Israel."

The election's impact: "It has a huge effect on Israel if the US is not with us.  The US has to support us on the question of peace with our enemies."

My view: "Maybe a bit worse, but we know only the government, not the people."

Top priority: "In every summit, in every speech, not to be against us. "
  • Country: Isreal
  • Name: Avraham Barzilai
  • Occupation: Primary school teacher
  • Age: 53
  • I would vote for: Romney
My Vote: "I don't know. Maybe Romney is more like the candidate I'd like for president."
The election's impact: "Everything comes from God. We are but the pawns in His game. It's like with the Arab Spring: no one imagined it was coming. Things are totally disconnected from us. "

My view: "Really, just that [Obama's] been a bit harsh with us. He's ingratiated himself with the Arabs and we've paid the price."

Top Priority: "Not to bother us, but let the people of Israel live on their land."
  • Country: Israel
  • Name: Zvi Wachsmann
  • Occupation: Retired pastry chef
  • Age: 72
  • I would vote for: Obama
My vote: "Obama. I don't know anything about Romney. Obama helps us, he's been good for the Jews."

The election's impact: "We are the only ones they can count on in this region, and they know that. The Americans are good businessmen above all."

My view: "Not at all. It’s the same. No changes." 

Top priority: "To move the American embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the capital of Israel." 
  • Country: Isreal
  • Name: Yanky Behar
  • Occupation: Bar manager
  • Age: 49
  • I would vote for: Obama
My vote: "Obama, obviously! I'm a social democrat and I'm very fearful of religious conservatives of any shape. They always know everything. They're the worst!"

The election's impact: "The American decision-making process is not like most Israelis think it is. American decisions are based only on American interests and they are basically friends of Israel, so it doesn't really matter much."

My view: "Not of US citizens, but on the whole, I think things have improved for the middle class. As a non-citizen I can't see the differences, but basically, I think things have Improved. I'm happy for them."

Top priority: "For the world?  To solve the Iranian problem. For the US: to keep up the reform in health care, health insurance for all. I'm always shocked that in the most enlightened nation on earth, people have to beg for medical care. "
  • Country: Isreal
  • Name: Alam Diab
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • Age: 28
  • I would vote for: Obama
My vote: "Barack Obama, if at all. I think he has achieved and tried to achieve many things other presidents have only talked about. He has reversed the damage of the previous administration. "

The election's impact: "Directly. In every possible way.  "

My view: "It has improved. The world sees the US as more human, not not as as superior among nations. He has touched people. "

Top priority: "Other than global peace? Actually, I think to care for the green planet."

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/120925/us-election-what-if-israel-could-vote