The Christian Broadcasting Network asked me how the American presidential elections are viewed by Israelis and their importance to Israel. I note that Israelis pay close attention to American politics, especially presidential elections, due to the importance of America's role in the world and Israel's close relationship with America. I suggest that while in general, more Israelis would feel comfortable with a Republican than with a Democrat due to the former's high level of support for Israel and the latter's critical tone especially during the last 8 years, more Israelis seem to prefer Clinton over Trump. That is, since even though both candidates have taken a strong pro-Israel line, Clinton is a "known commodity" while Trump is largely an unknown. What I further said that was not aired in is that Clinton would likely have a far more coherent foreign policy than Trump and a more hawkish and interventionist approach than Obama, the subject that has most worried Israelis, especially on issues such as Iran and ISIS.
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For the video, featured on Jerusalem Dateline from Oct. 21 2016, see here. The part on the US elections begins at 4:40.