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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Poll: American Jews still care about Israel

Maybe the President wants to rethink this fight.

A Frank Luntz poll shows that 94% of American Jewry believes that it would be a tragedy if God forbid Israel no longer existed. And 74% of them voted for Barack Hussein Obama.
CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin said that there had been no recent polling on the issue and that her organization wanted to get data and examine whether or not support for Israel within the Jewish community was declining or not.

"There's been lots of talk about fraying of support ­ the J Street phenomenon, Peter Beinart and others have suggested that there's a drift and there is lots of talk about new ways to criticize Israel, and that there's a component of the community greatly disaffected," Levin said. "We were very happy to see empirically how strong the support is." Ninety-four percent of respondents said that if Israel "no longer existed tomorrow," they would feel that was a tragedy, with nearly one in four saying they would consider such an event to be the "biggest tragedy of my lifetime." Eighty-five percent said that Israel is "right to take threats to its existence seriously," and that Israel's concerns are not irrational or overstated.

"Some news media accounts have tended to amplify a vocal fringe in the American Jewish community that espouses extreme views and politics far out of the mainstream," Levin said. "This poll clarifies what American Jews actually feel and believe." Levin said "the overwhelming majority of American Jews" are aware of threats to Israel, protective of Israel and strongly opposed to boycotts against the Jewish state.

While eighty-four percent of American Jews expressed the belief that the Israeli government is committed to establishing genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians, respondents were more skeptical of the corresponding Palestinian commitment. Seventy-seven percent of respondents consider Palestinian incitement against Israel ­ its "culture of hatred" ­ to be a major obstacle to peace.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents consider it to be "very to 100% necessary" for Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and 77% say Israel should "refuse to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority until Hamas renounces terrorism and officially recognizes Israel's right to exist." Thirty-four percent of respondents said that the major obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state.

More than two-thirds of respondents believe that a Palestinian state in the West Bank would attack Israel. Seventy-two percent fear Iran would support terrorism against Israel by the Palestinians.

Seventy-one percent of American Jews strongly oppose the boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns against Israel; 68% oppose such action focused solely on settlements.
Sounds to me like American Jews get it a lot better than their lousy leadership does. Maybe they've been reading my blog?

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At 7:31 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

American Jews are actually less leftist on economic and social issues than most Israelis... And where in the Torah does this marxism come from? If Israelis could please help lead the way out of the Leftist marxist caliphate swamp, I think there could be a chance for a renewal. American Jews admire Israel and those involved with the Jewish organizations have visited Israel and send their kids there... The problem is the marxism, not the attitude toward Israel.


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