Avi, an Israeli who works in security services from Jerusalem, told ABC News that he supports McCain because he will be "more reliable" in military matters. "McCain understands more about the troubles of war," he said, "and what our situation is in Israel. His experience... gives him a different view."
"Whatever you see here [in Israel], the surface prosperity, the crowded cafes, the tremendous nightlife in this country -- beneath all of that this is a very, very scared nation," Yossi Klein HaLevy, senior fellow at the Shalem Center, told ABC News.
While Obama is in favor of opening a dialogue with Iran as long as certain understandings are made, McCain has made it clear that there will be no negotiations unless very far-reaching pre-conditions are met, according to Oren. "These include not supporting terror, stop saying they will wipe Israel off the map," Oren said.
Klein HaLevi agreed that Iran is the most worrisome issue for Israelis. "On Iran so far, what we're hearing from McCain, or at least the music that we're hearing from McCain, is much more soothing to frayed Israeli sensibilities."
Edik Kaptzan, an East Asia Studies student at Hebrew University, said that he would not support peace process negotiations with Iran, which he sees as a threat to Israel. "Israelis would prefer a candidate who would make us feel more protected," he said.
"No one could get Obama to say directly that a military option was on the table," Oren said. "McCain says it."
As far as the Arab-Israeli peace process goes, both candidates have promised to be more "hands-on" than Bush, Oren said.
However, Nabil Feidy, who owns a foreign exchange shop in East Jerusalem, is not so hopeful of the results. "I have no delusions about what Obama or any other president can do to solve the Arab-Israeli problem," he said.
"However, it is a problem that only the U.S. is capable of solving, with its good relations with Israelis, with the Palestinians. They're the power of the world," he said. "We always hope that the next American president will be able to do something."
Feidy said he supports Obama. "He's young, he's energetic, and America needs change," he said, "but I have no illusions about what he can do here. We won't see peace in the next four to eight years."