The tone of the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the same whoever controls Congress, but Democratic pledges to stringently oversee the Iraq war could affect how the United States confronts Iran. Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Nov. 7 elections, the latter conclusively decided with Sen. George Allen's concession of the Virginia race on Nov. 9.Bipartisan support for Israel would be constant, Jewish and Israeli officials said, defying a pre-election barrage of Republic Jewish Coalition ads that insisted that the Democratic Party's support for Israel was eroding.
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One of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni top priorities is to close the gap between Israel's militant image abroad and the reality of a vibrant, multi-faceted nation. In her address Sunday afternoon to the opening session of General Assembly (GA) of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) in Los Angeles, Livni pledged "to invest a lot of time and money" in a Brand Israel campaign to project the country through a human lens.