Poll: US Jews favor Palestinian state

Most say, though, that Arabs out to get Israel and that peace impossible.

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
October 22, 2006 15:18
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The majority of US Jews support Israel taking military measures to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, but would prefer that the US itself not do so, according to an American Jewish Committee poll released Sunday. Fifty-seven percent backed Israel taking military action to block Iran from obtaining nuclear arms, while 35% were opposed and the rest said they didn't know. However, the numbers were practically reversed - 38% to 54% - when it came to the United States acting by force against Iran. Some 54% of American Jews support the establishment of a Palestinian state, the poll found, but 81% think that the Arabs want to destroy Israel rather than get back occupied territory. A total of 56% felt Israel and her Arab neighbors would never be able "to settle their differences and live in peace," compared to 38% who disagreed. Asked who won the summer's war, 24% answered Israel, 15% Hizbullah and 49% neither. More than a third, or 35%, said they disapproved on how Israel handled the war, with 55% approving. The survey, conducted annually by the American Jewish Committee, found that perceptions of anti-Semitism remained unchanged from 2005. Then, as in 2006, 26% of American Jews said anti-Semitism was a serious problem in their country, with 65% saying it was somewhat of a problem and 9% saying it wasn't at all a problem. Seventy-four percent of the 958 Jews interviewed agreed with the statement that "caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew." Most of those surveyed identified as Democrats (54%) rather than Republicans (15%). The rest were either Independents (29%) or not sure (3%). A third (33%) consider themselves Conservative Jews, followed closely by Reform (31%). Eight percent described themselves as Orthodox, with 2% Reconstructionist and 2% not sure; 24% said they were "just Jewish." The telephone poll, conducted between September 26 and October 15, had a standard of error of plus or minus 3%.

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