70% of Israelis don’t trust US on security, says poll

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 7, 2014 07:25

Asked whether they agreed with recent criticism of Kerry by top Israeli officials, 67% said yes and only 32% said no.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Seventy percent of Israeli Jews do not believe the US can be relied upon to maintain key Israeli interests and security requirements in the American- brokered agreement being drafted with the Palestinians, a Geocartography Institute poll taken this week found.

When the pollsters asked respondents whether they trusted the US under President Barack Obama to maintain Israel’s interests in a deal, 23% said definitely no, 25% said no, 22% said not completely, 17% said yes, 8% said definitely yes and 5% had no opinion.

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Asked whether they agreed with recent criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry by top Israeli officials, 67% said yes and only 32% said no.

But among the respondents who answered affirmatively, 13% said Israeli officials should be careful not to criticize the US publicly.

Sixty-seven percent said they agreed with the concerns about a potential boycott of Israel that Kerry raised. Only 17% said they were not concerned at all about such a boycott.

Geocartography Institute director Avi Degani, who took the poll, said middle-class Israelis were most concerned about a boycott.

The poll of 500 respondents representing a sample of the adult Jewish Israeli population has a 4.2% point margin of error.


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