Steve Kornacki’s latest Salon.com article: The GOP’s Jewish vote dream

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There are a few ways to understand the hardline tone Mitt Romney adopted for his speech in Israel on Sunday.

Substantively, Romney didn’t actually say much, explaining in a pre-speech interview that “because I’m on foreign soil, I don’t want to be creating new foreign policy for my country or in any way to distance myself in the foreign policy of our nation.” But rhetorically, he left no distance between himself and Israel’s right-wing government, demanding that the U.S. lead an all-out push to deny Iran nuclear capability and ridiculing the notion of containment. One of his top advisors also caused a stir by seeming to say that Romney would back an Israeli strike against Iran, but Romney and his campaign clammed up after that.

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Steve Kornacki's latest Salon.com article: The GOP's Jewish vote dream

Updated