The upcoming presidential election in the US promises to be among the most hard-fought political battles in the country’s history.

While internal issues will be the focus of the campaigns by both US President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, foreign policy will also play a major role for many voters, including Americans living in Israel.

The Jerusalem Post – along with IVoteIsrael and the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel – is doing its part to inform American voters in Israel about the two candidates and their policies regarding the Jewish state, by holding a series of debates between representatives of Democrats Abroad Israel and Republicans Abroad Israel.

“Between the Iranian threat, the situation in the region and the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate, the next US administration is going to play a pivotal role in shaping Israel’s response to future developments,” said Elie Pieprz, the national director of IVoteIsrael, an organization promoting voter registration among Americans living in Israel.

“And it is of the utmost importance that US voters in Israel make an informed decision when they cast their ballot in November.”

The first debate takes place Thursday at the AACI building in Jerusalem at 8 p.m. Moderated by Post Managing Editor David Brinn, the debate will be between Sheldon Schorer, the counsel and past chairman of Democrats Abroad Israel, and L. Marc Zell, the co-chairman of Republicans Abroad Israel.

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Post Editor-in-Chief Steve Linde will moderate a debate on Monday, July 23, at 8 p.m. at Beit Daniel in Tel Aviv, featuring Zell and Democrats Abroad vice chair and spokesman Hillel Schenker.

A third debate will be held Thursday, July 26, in Beit Shemesh at Netach Menashe Beit Knesset at 8 p.m., moderated by Post political correspondent Gil Hoffman, and featuring Zell and Schorer.

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