Israel must find other allies and reduce its dependence on the United States in
the international arena, nearly half of Israeli Jews said in the monthly Peace
Index poll published Monday by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv
The poll was taken last Tuesday and Wednesday amid heightened
tension between Jerusalem and Washington over the deal the US and five other
Western powers signed with Iran in Geneva on the Islamic regime’s nuclear
The survey assessed Israeli opinion on Israel’s relationship
with the US and other potential allies.
When asked whether Israel should
seek new allies, 49 percent of Israeli Jews said yes, 45% said no and the
remainder had no opinion.
Asked whether Israel would succeed in finding
new allies, 70% of Jewish Israelis believe Israel will not find any. Of those
polled, 71% believe the US is Israel’s most loyal and important ally, while 26%
believe it is not.
Self-described left-wing Israeli Jews were more likely
to call America Israel’s closest ally than those on the Right.
regard to Israeli dependence on military, political and economic assistance, the
majority of Israeli Jews (55%) believe Israel is moderately dependent on US
assistance, while a minority believe their country is either totally dependent
(24%) on American assistance or only marginally or not dependent at all
As in other surveys, the poll found Israelis very pessimistic
about the potential success of the interim deal reached in Geneva on Iran’s
nuclear program. Only 18% of respondents said they believe the agreement will
lead to the end of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, while 77% think the deal will
Asked how the agreement would affect the ongoing negotiations
between the Palestinians and Israel, 39% of Jewish Israelis said it will have no
effect, 26% think Israel will take a tougher position and 22% said Israel will
be more conciliatory.
Regarding the deal’s impact on the Palestinian
Authority’s position, 40% of Jewish Israelis believe the PA will take a tougher
stance, 34% believe the agreement will have no effect and 12% believe they will
be more conciliatory.
According to the poll, 38% of Israeli Jews believe
the agreement will have no effect on the position of the US government, 30%
believe the US will be tougher on Israel to compensate the Sunni Arab world, and
20% believe the US will be more inclined toward Israel to compensate for the
Two thirds of Jewish Israelis and 61% of Arab Israelis believe the
current Israeli government truly wants to reach a permanent peace settlement
with the Palestinians based on mutual compromises. Only 28% of Jewish Israelis
and 35% of Arab Israelis believe the government does not desire such a
When asked about the Palestinian Authority’s desire for
peace, 73% of Jewish respondents said they do not believe the PA wants to reach
a permanent peace settlement with Israel based on mutual compromises, while 23%
believe it does. By contrast, 77% of Arab respondents think the PA wants to
reach a settlement, and 19% believe it does not.
Following the November
21 election of Isaac Herzog as head of the Labor Party, 45% of Jewish Israelis
said they would like Labor to join Netanyahu’s government, while 34% think it
Among Israeli Arabs and Jewish Israelis who describe
themselves as Left wing, 46% think Labor should not join while 41% think it
This survey included 601 respondents constituting a
representative sample of the adult population of Israel. The margin of error for
a sample of this size is 4.5