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ISRAEL: McCain supports victims of Gaza shelling

March 20, 2008 |  7:09 am


Like a candidate canvassing the neighborhood, Sen. John McCain paid a call on the Amar family Wednesday in their yellow stone house on Sinai Street.

"He came in, shook hands, talked at eye level and was not condescending," Aliza Amar said. "He walked in with simplicity, as if he lives around here."

He doesn't. The all-but-certain Republican nominee for the White House stopped in Israel during a seven-day overseas trip to affirm his friendship with the Jewish state and his solidarity with its most besieged citizens...

...The newspaper Haaretz periodically ranks the candidates on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being "best for Israel." The latest rating by its panel of eight experts gave McCain 7.75 points, Clinton 7.5 and Obama 5.12.

"As far as Israel is concerned, and in the view of the candidates' current positions, no one is better than McCain," Haaretz columnist Amir Oren wrote this week...

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— Richard Boudreaux in Sderot, Israel

Photo: John McCain (right) and Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak visit the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday. McCain is in the region as part of congressional delegation. Credit: Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images