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In Palestinian minds, American "bias" toward Israel is exactly why negotiations are stuck.

"So long as you think that Israel can do no wrong, and allow it to act with entitlement, and impunity, there will be no peace,’’ she says. "That is what plagued the peace process."

But among Israelis, that message is likely to win Romney some support. The public bickering with the Obama administration has Israelis disturbed by the possibility of a chill in ties, even though many leaders have praised Obama for boosting security and intelligence collaboration between the US and Israel. Opinion polls in Israel show Israelis favoring Romney over the president. A poll taken in early September by Israeli polling organization Panels Politics found that Israelis prefer Romney over Obama by a 2 to 1 margin.

"I don’t think tone is a negligible thing," says Shmuel Rosner, a Tel Aviv-based political commentator and editor of the Jewish Journal. "Romney promised to have a more cordial tone. Most Israelis appreciate that a US president doesn’t look to have unnecessary public fights with the Israeli government." 

However, Mr. Rosner and other Israeli commentators noted that Romney’s speech revealed little about what he would do differently from Obama regarding either Iran or the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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