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Michele Bachmann Becomes a Swiss Citizen

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Michele Bachmann is now a Swiss citizen.

The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate was recently granted dual citizenship, Bachmann's office confirmed Tuesday night, according to CNN.

"Congresswoman Bachmann's husband is of Swiss descent so she has been eligible for dual citizenship since they got married in 1978," spokeswoman Becky Rogness said in a statement. "However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual citizenship so they went through the process as a family."

And, according to an interview with Swiss TV, Bachmann, who is currently seeking a fourth term in Congress after her failed bid for the White House, is now also eligible to run for office in the tiny European country.

Asked if she'd be interested in seeking office in Switzerland, Bachmann joked that "there's a lot of competition...and they're very good."

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Obama's Israel Policy Takes Hits But Unlikely to Alter Jewish Vote

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican presidential candidates slammed President Obama’s Israel policy in successive speeches before the Jewish Republican Coalition on Wednesday, using a slew of recent off-the-cuff comments on Israel by administration officials as ammunition for their attacks.

Rep. Michele Bachmann accused Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for showing “disdain” toward Israel when he demanded last week that they “get to the damn table” to restart peace talks, and she blasted U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman of “justifying anti-Semitism” in a speech before the European Jewish Union, according to excerpts of her remarks.

Mitt Romney charged Obama with “chastising” Israel, raising the controversy over Obama’s 1967 borders speech in May, and “insulting” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in private comments to French President Nicolas Sarkozy caught by an open mic last month.

“These actions have emboldened Palestinian hardliners who now are poised to form a unity government with terrorist Hamas and feel they can bypass Israel at the bargaining table,” Romney said.  “President Obama has immeasurably set back the prospect of peace in the Middle East.”

Rick Santorum even predicted the situation has given Republicans an edge, with ”Jews all across this country now understanding that the values of the Republican Party are in concert with theirs, and we’ve seen a dramatic growth in Jewish involvement in the Republican Party.”

But while the Republicans’ politically charged claims might help rally conservative primary voters, including Jews, there are few signs their comments on Israel will alter the longstanding Democratic allegiance of the Jewish voting bloc headed into 2012.

Polls show Obama, who won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008, according to exit polls, retains strong support among American Jews, even if his standing has slipped compared to where it was four years ago.

Among Jews in Israel, Obama’s favorability has even been on the rise, according to a Saban Center for Middle East Policy poll released last week.  Fifty-four percent of Israeli Jews have a favorable view of Obama, up from 41 percent last year.

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Bachmann: ‘Pentagon Should Prepare a War Plan’ for Iran

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The “Pentagon should prepare a war plan” to handle an ascendant Iran in possession of a nuclear weapon, GOP contender Michele Bachmann said Sunday, at a dinner hosted by a pro-Israel group in New York City.

Bachmann stopped short of advocating for a pre-emptive strike on Iran by Israel or the United States, saying “only a fool wishes for war,” but advocated for a naval blockade of Iranian ports, increased intelligence operations against Iran and “crushing economic sanctions.”

“The Pentagon should prepare a war plan, as a last resort, should all else fail in preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” she said.

Speaking before the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the United States, Bachmann said her first foreign policy directive on day one of her presidency would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bachmann said Israel should not cede any land -- “not one acre, not one square foot, not one inch” -- to the Palestinians in order to make peace.

An Iran in possession of a nuclear weapon, she said, posed an existential threat not only to Israel but to the United States.

Bachmann chastised President Obama for failing to stand with Israel.

“President Obama stands with Occupy Wall Street, but he doesn’t stand with Israel.  When Israel looks at President Obama, they don’t see a friend,” she said.

The United States “must sell Israel the additional fighter jets, bunker buster bombs, refueling tankers, and other materials they need to defend themselves,” she said.  She also said the United States should continue its “comprehensive missile system” in the Middle East.

The Palestinians, Bachmann said, “must recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce violence” if they expect to become a serious partner for peace.

Often during her address, she compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Adolf Hitler, calling him a “mad man.”

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GOP Candidates: Obama Took Too Long to Condemn Syria's Assad

KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The White House probably expected that the three top GOP candidates for president wouldn't have anything positive to say about Thursday's decision to call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation.

And those expectations proved true.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann all accused President Obama of taking too long to condemn the Syrian dictator as Syrians continue to die after months of deadly crackdowns on Assad's political opponents.

Campaigning in New Hampshire, Perry said the president's action was "long overdue" because al-Assad not only threatens his own people but also "the security and stability of the entire Middle East."

Romney was no less critical, asserting, "It has taken President Obama far too long to speak out forcefully against Assad and his vicious crackdown in Syria."

He blamed the president for using the word "reformer" to describe the Syrian leader early on in the crisis, which Romney alleged emboldened al-Assad.

Meanwhile in South Carolina, Bachmann mused that "better late than never" is the wrong way to conduct foreign policy.  She added there has been not enough force used to pressure al-Assad to stop killing his own people.

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