Six of the top seven GOP presidential candidates addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition December 7, with only Ron Paul being excluded from the forum by organizers because of the Texas Congressman's opposition to all foreign aid.
The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin posited in a column on the morning of the forum that the forum was bound to be an occasion for pandering on the issue of Israel. "The temptations in these settings is to roll out every Israel cliché in the book and tell them what they want to hear. The most shopworn of these is: Move the embassy to Jerusalem! Presidential candidates say it; presidents never do it. By reiterating the line, a candidate assumes the audience is dense."
Despite Rubin's column earlier in the day, current frontrunner in Iowa Newt Gingrich conformed to Rubin's prediction. The former House Speaker Gingrich told the Washington, D.C., audience:
In a Gingrich administration, the opening day, there will be an executive order about two hours after the inaugural address. We will send the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as of that day.
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