Poll: Israelis divided on US role in peace process

Survey commissioned by B'nai Brith finds Israelis strongly support gov't investment in Diaspora.

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
June 27, 2012 18:30
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Israelis are divided over whether US involvement in the Middle East peace process has had a positive or negative impact, according to a study released on Wednesday.

About a third of respondents who took part in a poll commissioned by B’nai B’rith World Center said Washington has impeded progress, a third said it has facilitated it and another third said they did not know.

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KEEVOON Research conducted the Internet survey on June 20 with 507 Israeli Jews age 18 or older, with a 4.5 percent margin of error.

Israelis strongly supported government investment in the Diaspora, which would in effect reverse the traditional flow of Jewish funds to Israel from the Diaspora. About 80% said they would condone expenditure on programs like Masa and Taglit- Birthright, which bring young adults to Israel on short visits and sojourns.

On the question of whether Israeli tax-payer money should be spent on helping Diaspora Jews’ needs during a time of recession, a 46% to 43% majority was in favor of diverting funds towards their brethren in other countries. The majority of respondents added that the long-term solution to problems of Jewish communities overseas was immigrating to Israel.

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