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While 60 percent of the US public views Israel as an ally, nearly the
percentage of Israelis believe “the whole world is against us,”
according to two
separate polls released on Thursday.
According to a new Rasmussen poll,
60 percent of those queried consider Israel an ally, with only 4%
an enemy and 31% believe it’s somewhere in between. Another six percent
they were not sure.
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That’s the good news.
The more problematic
news from Israel’s perspective is that 34%, or roughly a third of Americans,
expected that US-Israel relations would worsen in the coming year. But that
figure, too, has to be put in perspective, since 36% of the American public
believes that US relations with the Muslim world would also get worse over the
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on August 9
and 10 and had a +/-3% margin of error.
In Israel, meanwhile, some 77% of
Jewish Israelis believe that the world will continue to be critical, regardless
of what Israel does or how far it is willing to go on the Palestinian issue, a
Peace Index survey published Thursday showed.
Likewise, some 56% of
Jewish Israelis believe that “the whole world is against us,” according to the
survey, conducted under the auspices of the Evens Program for Conflict
Resolution at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute.
contrast to the Jewish population, a large majority (75%) of the Arab public
disagrees with the maxim that the whole world is against Israel.
survey also found that 62% of Jewish Israelis gave the government a failing
grade in its handling of foreign relations. Fifty-five percent of the
respondents said that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was either moderately
or greatly damaging Israel’s international status.
This poll was
conducted by phone with 601 respondents on August 8-9, with a +/-4.5% margin of
Another poll, this one conducted by Stanley Greenberg for The
Israel Project and presented last week to some key Israeli decision-makers,
showed an erosion of US support for Israel.
The poll was not made public,
but according to a Haaretz
report, the survey indicated that while in August
2009, 63% of the Americans surveyed said the US needed to support Israel, by
July of this year only 51% had the same opinion.
Likewise, while 66% of
the respondents in December 2007 said that the government – at the time led by
Ehud Olmert – was committed to peace with the Palestinians, last month only 45%
felt Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was committed to the peace
The Prime Minister’s Office had no response to the poll,
directing queries to The Israel Project, which declined to release the poll’s
complete findings.Yoni Cohen contributed to this report.