GIULIANI STACKS CAMPAIGN STAFF WITH A WHO'S WHO OF MIDEAST HAWKS
As the roster of Republican presidential hopefuls grapples with the seeming implosion of one-time front-runner John McCain's candidacy, Rudolph Giuliani is taking steps to claim his place as the field's leading hawk.
The former New York City mayor announced last week that he had assembled a team of foreign policy advisers featuring several prominent neoconservatives, including one of the movement's founders, Norman Podhoretz. In addition to being an unwavering supporter of the war against Iraq, Podhoretz, a former editor of Commentary magazine, has grabbed headlines in recent months as one of most vocal proponents of American military action against Iran.
The eight-member advisory panel also includes several figures with experience in Israeli affairs. Giuliani's chief foreign policy adviser, Charles Hill, served as a top aide to Secretary of State George Shultz in the Reagan administration and once served as political counselor to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. The team also includes Martin Kramer, who is an expert on Islam at Harvard University and a fellow with both the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center.
These selections show Giuliani is "very serious about his approach to ensuring the security and safety of Israel," said Ben Chouake, head of the pro-Israel political action committee Norpac.