Israel is a big issue for evangelical Christians. The interest in Israel has nothing to do with Judaism, and everything to do with the evangelical belief that the end-times will come when Jews control Israel and Jesus returns. That is why Israel is a topic of discussion in US elections. As to the obsession by Haaretz and other Israeli papers, obviously the US president will have a huge influence on foreign policy, ranging from Iran to Syria to financial policies that will impact the world. We should all care about the outcome of this election.
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from the article: Barack Obama, Sheldon Adelson and the politics of the Jewish vote