Who Would Bibi Vote for?

AIPAC, the Iran deal, Israel’s recent outreach to Russia — which of the presidential candidates is going to corner the vote on Middle East policy and tackle the legacy of the current administration?


This week, FP’s David Rothkopf, Yochi Dreazen, and Kori Schake, along with David Sanger of the New York Times, address a host of hot-button issues including the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference held in Washington, D.C., and gaming out scenarios of how the remaining presidential candidates will navigate the mammoth issues plaguing the Middle East.

The panel unpacks Hillary Clinton’s AIPAC speech; what it means that Bernie Sanders, the only Jewish presidential candidate, skipped the conference; and if AIPAC’s inability to change the domestic policy equation on the Iran deal means that it was perhaps never as powerful or influential as people thought.

Ultimately, which candidate will prove the most appealing to Israel and to that country’s divisive leader, Benjamin Netanyahu? Will it be Clinton, who has vowed to be strong in enforcing repercussions should Iran violate its deal? Or will the Israeli prime minister find that he and Donald Trump have certain policy ideas in common? And will any of the 2016 candidates address the one topic that has been so far largely avoided: the two-state solution?

Yochi Dreazen is the managing editor for news at FP and author of The Invisible Front. Follow him on Twitter at: @yochidreazen.

David Sanger is the national security correspondent for the New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of America Power. Follow him on Twitter at: @SangerNYT.

Kori Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where she focuses on military history, and is a former foreign-policy advisor to Sen. John McCain. Follow her on Twitter at: @KoriSchake.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of the FP Group. Follow him on Twitter at: @djrothkopf.

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