Trump campaign opens 3rd Israeli office in Ramat Gan
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Trump campaign opens 3rd Israeli office in Ramat Gan

Headquarters in Tel Aviv suburb to join Jerusalem, Modiin branches; fourth center planned for West Bank

A teenage volunteer for Donald Trump campaigning outside the Republican candidate’s headquarters in Modiin, Aug. 15, 2016. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)
A teenage volunteer for Donald Trump campaigning outside the Republican candidate’s headquarters in Modiin, Aug. 15, 2016. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this week opened a campaign office in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, his third in Israel.

The Ramat Gan office opened Wednesday near the city’s diamond district will serve central Israel, in the Gush Dan and Sharon regions, Israel National News reported Thursday.

It joins offices in Jerusalem and Modiin. A fourth office is scheduled to be opened in an undisclosed location in the West Bank. A fifth office may be added later, according to the report.

“Offices are being opened, but more importantly we are getting dozens of inquiries from Americans and Israelis eager to join in the campaign,” Republicans Overseas Israel said late Wednesday in a post on its Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/RepublicansOverseasIsrael/posts/1101374739949752

There are believed to be thousands of American Israelis who are eligible to vote in the US election, according to Israeli news reports. Many come from states with a high number of electoral votes, such as New York and California, or from swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Republicans hope to draw in those voters in an effort to put the swing states in Trump’s column.

iVoteIsrael volunteers sign up US citizens for absentee ballots at a mall in Jerusalem (photo credit: courtesy of iVoteIsrael.com)
iVoteIsrael volunteers sign up US citizens for absentee ballots at a mall in Jerusalem in June 2012 (photo credit: courtesy of iVoteIsrael.com)

In 2012, a nonpartisan organization called iVoteIsrael worked to get out the vote among Americans in Israel. The organization was run by a former Republican operative, and an exit poll it conducted that year found that 85 percent of the 80,000 ballots cast in Israel went for Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate.

Republican officials this year hope to replicate that effort with an explicitly partisan focus. They estimate that Trump will win the Israel vote by the same margin as Romney did in the last election.

A Hebrew-language Trump campaign poster released earlier this month reads “Trump: In Israel’s interest.” The campaign has also launched a Hebrew-language Twitter feed.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claps with the audience during a campaign event in Wilmington, North Carolina, August 9, 2016. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP)
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claps with the audience during a campaign event in Wilmington, North Carolina, August 9, 2016. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP)
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