President Barack Obama, who hasn’t set foot in Israel since a pre-election trip in 2008, would go there if he wins in November, an aide said Monday. The official, former deputy assistant defense secretary for the Middle East Colin Kahl, scoffed that Republican criticisms of Obama for not visiting Israel since taking office were “a distraction” from real policy issues.

“We can expect him to visit Israel in a second term should he be reelected,” Kahl told reporters on an Obama campaign conference call.

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