Poll: 74% of Israeli Jews Believe Americans Applying More Pressure on Israel, 64% Do Not Trust Kerry on SecurityPosted: March 11, 2014
This poll is interesting, I recommend visiting the source site for detailed results. While it’s easy to see Kerry as a polarizing or unpopular figure, it would be useful to see how Kerry compares to previous U.S. Secretaries of State. I’m inclined to think Kerry’s unpopularity is not unique. It’s the office, not the person, that invites distrust in the Israli-Arab world, we’d have to compare him to his predecessors. Or–it could be that Kerry stands out as a distrusted figure?
One thing is clear: The legitimization of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments in the U.S. and Europe is on the rise. [example: 23 percent rise in anti-Semetic incidents in Netherlands] And the global wave of systematic anti-Christian violence is deeply troubling. Obama’s hostility to Israel contributes to, or reflects, the shift in anti-Israel opinion in the west, particularly on college campuses. The distrust of the U.S. in Israel should surprise no one.
The Israel Democracy Institute‘s summary begins like this:
- Which Side are the Americans Pressuring?: 74% of Israeli Jews believe the Americans are more strongly pressuring Israel than the Palestinians to accept the framework agreement, while 12% believe they are equally pressuring both sides and 5% believe they are more strongly pressuring the Palestinians. (Israeli Jews who see Israel as under more pressure include 86% of the self-defined right-wing, 57% of the center, and 50% of the left-wing.) Among Israeli Arabs, 29% believe the Americans are more strongly pressuring the Palestinians to accept the framework agreement, 26% believe both sides are being equally pressured, and 25% believe Israel is under more pressure.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry‘s Concern for Israeli Security:64% of Israelis (66% of Jewish Israelis and 53% of Arab Israelis) do not trust Kerry to take Israel’s security into account as a crucial factor in the framework agreement. 32% of Israelis (31% of Jewish Israelis and 32% of Arab Israelis) do trust Kerry to take into account Israel’s security. (Jewish Israelis who trust Kerry on security include 18% of the right, 39% of the center, and 79% of the left.)
- US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Motivation: 60% of Israelis (61% of Jewish Israelis and 56% of Arab Israelis) believe that Kerry’s main motivation for reaching a framework agreement is a personal interest in making history as a statesman where others before him had failed. 21% of Israelis (22% of Jewish Israelis and 16% of Arab Israelis) believe Kerry is motivated by honest concern for the future of the two parties, and 9% of Israelis (8% of Jewish Israelis and 14% of Arab Israelis) believe he is equally motivated by the chance to make history and concern for the parties.
- Recognizing Israel’s Jewish Character: When offered an alternative to Palestinian recognition of Israel as the Jewish state, 53% of Israeli Jews do not believe it is possible to settle for Palestinian recognition of Israel “as the national home of the Jewish people” in a framework agreement, while 40% believe it is. [See the January Peace Index for data on the demand for recognition for Israel as the state of the Jewish people.]
- Israeli Flexibility: 50% of the Jewish public and 69% of the Arab public think Israel should show flexibility on the framework agreement in order to avoid a direct clash with the US. 46% of the Jewish public and 9% of the Arab public think Israel should not show such flexibility.
- Freezing Settlements: 49% of Israeli Jews and 71% of Israeli Arabs would support a continued freeze on building in the settlements if Prime Minister Netanyahu had agreed to do so in order to allow the framework agreement to continue. 47% of Israeli Jews and 21% of Israeli Arabs would not support a settlement freeze in order to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
- Accepting the Results of a Referendum: 68% of Israeli Jews and 43% of Israeli Arabs say they will accept the framework, even if it goes against their political position, if it is approved by the government and in a referendum. (Israeli Jews who back accepting the decision regardless of their political position include 58% of the right, 81% of the center, and 92% of the left.) 23% of Israeli Jews and 34% of Israeli Arabs say they will act to prevent a framework agreement’s implementation if it goes against their political position, even if it is approved by the government and in a referendum….Read more>>
- Poll: 2/3 of Israeli Jews Don’t Trust Kerry On The Peace Process (jpupdates.com)
- Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews–and Arabs–Distrust Kerry (breitbart.com)
- Poll on Peace Talks: Most Israelis Don’t Trust Kerry to Take Israel’s Security Needs Into Account (algemeiner.com)
- Why the Kerry Middle East Peace Framework Will Fail (huffingtonpost.com)
- RT: Arab League refuses recognizing Israel as ‘Jewish state’ (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- Will Israel’s demand for ‘Jewish state’ acceptance legitimize apartheid? (therebel.org)
- Point of no return: Jewish, Arab refugees: inextricably linked (jewishrefugees.blogspot.com)
- Is U.S. Public Opinion on Israel Shifting? (thetruthseeker.co.uk)
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