US political consultant: Netanyahu-Obama bickering endangers support for Israel
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 24, 2015 05:48
The ongoing dispute between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have long-term consequences that could harm the future of the State of Israel, respected American political consultant Frank Luntz warned Monday in Jerusalem.
Luntz has monitored Israel’s image on American college campuses for 13 years.
He revealed the findings of an extensive survey he took on top American campuses to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors and to Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum.
Luntz told The Jerusalem Post that the American public supports Israel’s policies, especially on Iran, but not the style by which they are being communicated in the United States. He said the pressure Israel is placing on the US government is hurting not only Israeli-American relations, but also Israel’s future support in the US.
“The Israeli government and elites need to understand that the growing division between the two governments could have horrific consequences on what Americans think of Israel,” Luntz warned. “We may not be able to count on the next generation of American leaders. A loss of American elite support, if it’s not turned around, is a real possibility going forward.”