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The Israel Factor 12.2012, Questionnaire

by Shmuel Rosner

December 24, 2012 | 6:54 am

1. On a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (great), please rank the following candidates for secretary of state and secretary of defense the next Obama administration, by topic:

Topic / policy

John Kerry

Chuck Hagel

Understanding the Middle East

 

 

Understanding Israel

 

 

Ability to get along with the Israeli government

 

 

More generally, will his selection be "good" or "bad" for Israel?

 

 

 

2. Please rank the following scenarios from 1 (unlikely) to 10 (very likely):

The second Obama administration is going to heavily invest in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

 

The second Obama administration is going to intervene militarily in Syria

 

The second Obama administration is going to pressure Israel to freeze settlement activity

 

The second Obama administration is going to succeed in peacefully convincing Iran to halt its nuclear program

 

The second Obama administration is going to stop Iran's nuclear program militarily

 

The second Obama administration is bound to have better relations with the Israeli government than the first

 

Relations between Obama and Netanyahu will improve (10), remain the same (5) or deteriorate (1)

 

 

3. Looking ahead for 2016, please rank the following presidential candidates on scale of 1 (bad for Israel) to 10 (good for Israel):

Hillary Clinton

 

Joe Biden

 

Chris Christie

 

Marco Rubio

 

Paul Ryan

 

Jeb Bush

 

Rob Portman *

 

Condoleezza Rice

 

Andrew Cuomo

 

Martin O'Malley *

 

Deval Patrick *

 

Cory Booker *

 

Elizabeth Warren

 

Mark Warner *

 

Brian Schweitzer *

 

Sarah Palin

 

Rick Santorum

 

Rand Paul *

 

Mike Huckabee

 

David Petraeus

 

* Ranked by six or fewer panelists

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