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US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greet each other as they arrive for the presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (photo credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)
US President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greet each other as they arrive for the second presidential debate, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (photo credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

For folks in Israel, and for folks for whom Israel is a key concern, the Iran section tonight will be immensely interesting. If Israel doesn’t use its firepower soon, its leaders say, it won’t be able to militarily impact the Iranian program; Israel’s destiny, therefore, might rest on America’s readiness, if all else fails, to use force to thwart Iran. Would a second term president Obama be prepared to order that use of force? Would a first term president Romney? Their answers tonight will have been painstakingly considered; and they’ll be painstakingly scrutinized.

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