Typically, those of the Jewish faith vote Democratic. Recent polls show that 65% voted Democratic in the last election.
However, I believe that Romney could do quite well with the Jewish vote not only because both are religious minorities and may feel connected as such, but also because of Romney’s personal friendship with Israel’s prime-minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The New York Times released a groundbreaking article about the nearly 40 year friendship between Romney and Netanyahu. According to the article, the two met in 1976 at Bain and Company and now understand each other so well that they can practically “speak in code.”
The article goes on to say that it is very rare to have two high profile leaders of different countries with such a long history. This friendship could be very consequential in upcoming years as Israel considers war with Iran for its nuclear weapons program.
Netanyahu has said that he remains neutral in America’s presidential election, but I think if he had to choose between President Obama and his friend Mitt Romney, he would choose his friend over Obama. I am sure that Netanyahu is not very favorably inclined to Obama these days due to many reasons, but most recently because of Obama’s “hot mic gaffe” where Obama bemoaned that he had to “work with Netanyahu everyday” to President Sarkozy of France.