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Will Votes From Israel Elect Gore?

Sunday, 12 November 2000 12:00 AM

David Froehlich said on Election Day that U.S. citizens living in Israel could likely make a considerable difference in battleground states such as Florida.

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the center of the recount controversy in hotly contested Florida, have large Jewish populations.

Froehlich estimated a 10 percent to 15 percent increase in absentee ballot applications from Israel this year, which he attributed to the fact that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, is Vice President Al Gore's running mate.

However, pundits speculate that soldiers, who tend to vote Republican, cast the majority of overseas ballots, UPI reported Sunday.

Of 3 million U.S. citizens living abroad, only about 1 million were expected to vote Tuesday. But voter turnout among the estimated 80,000 to 85,000 eligible American voters living in Israel is generally 70 percent to 75 percent, a rate that is as high or higher than many states.

Froehlich said about 80 percent of Israel-based voters backed President Clinton in 1996, and he estimated that up to 90 percent could vote for Gore based on Lieberman's position on the ticket.

Absentee voters made a crucial difference in the 1982 gubernatorial race in California, giving Republican candidate George Deukmejian the edge he needed to defeat Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

The largest-circulation daily, Yediot Ahronot, said Gore's "qualifications and positions" made him the "right man to lead the world's only superpower."

"Given the fragile state in which the Middle East now finds itself, it would be better for Israel if the winner is Al Gore," the popular daily Ma'ariv asserted.

The newspapers also said a Gore administration would require "a much shorter period in which to find its feet before it could try and deal with the region."

Ma'ariv argued that if Bush were elected, "precious months" would go by "before his administration would be able to mediate effectively in the region."

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