Friday, August 28, 2009

Only Four Percent of Israeli Jews Think Obama is Pro-Israel

If any more proof was needed that Obama has/is fracturing the American-Israeli relationship (Berman Post: Obama Fracturing Israel-USA Relations) though his recent action (Berman Post: The American Consulate in Jerusalem is Now The Quasi Embassy to The Palestinian Authority?), all the way back to first taking office (Berman Post: $900 Million 'Aid' Money to Gaza Going Through Hamas, Berman Post: Obama Snubs Netanyahu And Israel?, and Berman Post: President Obama's First Call Was to Abbas [and others]), a recent poll shows just how abysmal the number are.

I have opined before (Berman Post: Obama Approved a Large Turkish Arms Sale to Lebanon), but will again, Israel is the wrong country to alienate. Even people who hate Israel will admit when pressed that it is a significant technological powerhouse. In exchange for the aid we give them, we get advanced weapon systems and defense countermeasures. The political cover and resources we can guaranty is a serious plus. Israel not passing/selling these advanced weapon systems to potential geopolitical rivals (read China, India, Russia...) as a serious plus. If we push Israel to far or get them to nervous about the state of our relationship, they will go ally shopping. Trust me on this, no matter what the rhetoric from those countries the prospect of advanced missiles, tank armor, guns, other assorted technology which is among the most advanced in the world, and WORKING LASERS (Berman Post: The Next Generation of Weapons) in exchange for cash would be eagerly accepted. All those countries would gladly throw five billion dollars or more (which is more then we give to them) at Israel with the quid-pro-quo of getting those and future technologies. Just imagine Chinese or Indian manpower with Israeli technology. On top of everything else, it is for no reason. Israel has done nothing that comes anywhere near warranting alienation from the US. It has done just the opposite.

The poll numbers show that only 4% of Israeli Jews see Obama as pro-Israel. That number is within the margin of error for the poll which is 4.5%. A majority, 51%, see him as pro-Palestinian; "The number of Israelis who see US President Barack Obama's policies as pro-Israel has fallen to four percent, according to a Smith Research poll taken this week on behalf of The Jerusalem Post.

Fifty-one percent of Jewish Israelis consider Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, according to the survey, while 35% consider it neutral and 10% declined to express an opinion. The poll of 500 people representing a statistical model of the Jewish Israeli population had a margin of error of 4.5%.

Obama's direct predecessor was viewed in a completely opposite way. Former president G. W. Bush was seen as pro-Israel by 88% of the people while only 2% saw him as pro-Palestinian; "The May poll found that Israelis' views of Obama's predecessor in the White House, George W. Bush, were nearly the opposite. Some 88% of Israelis considered Bush's administration pro-Israel, 7% said he was neutral and just 2% labeled him pro-Palestinian."

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