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Obama vs. Romney 101: 4 differences on Israel

President Obama's positions on Israeli-Palestinian peace have rankled Israel’s conservative coalition government, while Mitt Romney insists he would be a better friend to Israel. Here are some of the issues on which the candidates differ.

- Staff writer

Then-Sen. Barack Obama (l.) observes some of the 600 photographs of victims of the Holocaust at the Hall of Names with Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalez on July 23, 2008, in Jerusalem. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/POOL/File)

4. Jerusalem: capital of Israel?

Like Romney, then-Senator Obama said Jerusalem is Israel's capital when he visited the city as a presidential candidate. He even went further, saying that Jerusalem should be the "undivided" capital of Israel, a term that stung Palestinians, who claim Arab East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestine.

But then Obama dialed back to the policy of every president since Ronald Reagan, which is to say that the US will ultimately move its embassy from Tel Aviv but that Jerusalem remains a final-status issue for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Romney also hinted at this as established US policy and that he would "follow the same policy we have had in the past" and "ultimately have our embassy in the nation's capital of Jerusalem," he told CNN while in Jerusalem.

For a full list of stories about how Romney and Obama differ on the issues, click here.


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