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Friday, August 28, 2009

And then there were 4% who believe Obama is pro-Israel

A new Smith poll in Friday's JPost shows that only 4% of Jewish Israelis believe that President Obama is pro-Israel. With a 4.5% margin of error, the poll leaves open the possibility that there is no statistically significant number of Jewish Israelis who believe that the President is pro-Israel - a stunning result in a country that is still considered an American ally. The poll also found that 51% of Israelis - an absolute majority - consider the President pro-'Palestinian,' 35% consider him neutral and 10% had no opinion or were not sure.

By comparison, 88% of Israeli Jews believed that President Bush was pro-Israel when he left office, 7% felt he was neutral and 2% felt he was pro-'Palestinian.'

In June, the Smith poll found that 6% of Israeli Jews believed that President Obama was pro-Israel. Since then, that poll has been cited as evidence that the President must do something to improve his standing among Israeli Jews in order to encourage Israel to make 'concessions' to the 'Palestinians.' Many 'American Jewish leaders' have suggested that the President speak directly to Israeli Jews as he did to Muslims in June in Cairo. So far, the President has declined to do so. At this point, it is doubtful that a direct appeal to Israeli Jews from the President would succeed. But what is certain is that whatever he has done up to this point to appeal to Israeli Jews has failed.
The new poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday, before reports that Obama had agreed to exclude Jerusalem from a deal with Netanyahu on a construction freeze and to allow construction of essential public buildings, such as schools, to continue in Judea and Samaria.
The poll also has other results that show that Prime Minister Netanyahu's reaching an agreement with the Obama administration on a 'settlement freeze' will be politically damaging to the current Israeli government.
The poll asked Jewish Israelis whether they would support freezing settlement construction for a year as part of an American-brokered deal. Fifty percent said no, 41% said yes and 9% did not express an opinion.

The respondents' views on a settlement freeze followed closely the platforms of the parties they voted for in the March 10 election.

Among those who voted Likud, which opposed a settlement freeze during the campaign, 73% would oppose such a deal.

Two-thirds of Kadima voters said they supported a settlement freeze.
Although Jewish Israelis are approximately 80% of our population, they constitute an even higher percentage of our voters - probably around 90%.

Netanyahu is the leader of the Likud party and we vote for parties and not for individuals. The Prime Minister is not directly elected. That 73% number has serious implications for Netanyahu who must balance keeping Obama happy with maintaining his own standing in the Likud. Unlike Obama, Netanyahu is likely not willing to be a 'one-term Prime Minister' in order to bring Israel a tenuous peace that is not likely to hold.

This poll is a serious setback for the Obama administration, as was the previous poll. If the population here perceives Obama as not being in our corner - as is both the perception and the reality - it will oppose making risky concessions to the 'Palestinians,' whom most Israelis believe are out to destroy us anyway.

Like so much else this administration has done, its Middle East policies may be described as an 'epic fail.'

UPDATE 3:52 PM

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7 Comments:

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

carl,

as israeils dont vote for the us president...why is this poll a setback for obama?

jeez...bush was hated by most of the world (except for israel) and it had no effect on his domestic or international policies.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Bacci40,

Suggest that you read the next to last paragraph again.

Israelis are much less likely to make 'concessions' when they don't feel that they have American support.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Such a poll had a single description: "hysterics."

It's fine by me. Perhaps the dreadful imbalance in U.S. foreign policy is being slowly restored.

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger OWEBAMA said...

The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.”

"Reverend" Jeremiah Wright
President and Michelle Owebama's spiritual leader for over 20 years.

Is it any wonder that the Israeli people believe President Owebama does not support them?....Well, he doesn't! Would you sit in a "church" for that long listening to anti-semitism like this if you didn't believe it?

 
At 11:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only wish American Jews would wake up en masse to the threat our President poses to us and to Israel. I cannot believe he got as much Jewish support as he did last November. Sad to say, he'll probably get majority Jewish support in 2012.

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger OWEBAMA said...

It is always amazing to me to read the posts in response to an article like this.

The vast majority of Americans understand and appreciate the very real and important relationship that unite our countries. It is unfortunate and dangerous to both of our countries that our gentle president does not.

I am very fearful for the people of Israel, perhaps more than the implications of negotiating from a point of weakness and mistrust.
This type of lack of support from an American President emboldens Israels enemies. There is no question about it.

Ironically, I beleive if this was a headline a that read "Only 4% of Cubans believe that Owebama supports Castro", it would be more bothersome to many on the left.

How pathetic.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Topeka Troll said...

Israel is the only fast and true ally the USA has in the region. Israel has bent over backward on many occasions for previous presidents when they felt the US had their back. These concessions have continually chipped away at Israeli sovreignity.
Eventually there will come a time when Israel will be forced to deal wit hthe palistidiot problem once at for all. its not going away until its dead.

 

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