Poll: majority of Israelis support settlement building, believe Obama ‘unfriendly’ to Israel

January 11, 2017 Agencies
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 A new survey published in the aftermath of the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which passed after the Obama administration refused to veto the measure, says that 62 percent of Israeli Jews support continued settlement building and 57 percent believe President Barack Obama was “unfriendly” to Israel during his two terms.

U.S. President Barack Obama (right) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office Oct. 1, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Ahead of the Jan. 20 start date for Donald Trump’s presidency, the Israel Democracy Institute’s latest Peace Index survey also found that 69 percent of Jewish Israelis expect Trump’s attitude toward Israel to be “friendly,” ranging from 80 percent of respondents on the political “right” to 54 percent on the “left.” Seventy-four percent of Israeli Arabs, meanwhile, believe Trump will be friendly to Israel.

Eighty-nine percent of respondents on the right said Israel should continue construction in the disputed territories, followed by 83.5 percent on the moderate right, 45 percent in the center, 21 percent on the moderate left and 15 percent on the left. Additionally, 58 percent Israeli Jews reject Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion following the U.N. resolution’s passage that Israel “can either be Jewish or democratic—it cannot be both,” according to the poll.

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4 Responses to “Poll: majority of Israelis support settlement building, believe Obama ‘unfriendly’ to Israel”
  1. Eleonora Mostert says:

    Just a few more days and the Bumma will be gone.

  2. michael Burd says:

    Additionally, 58 percent Israeli Jews reject Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion following the U.N. resolution’s passage that Israel “can either be Jewish or democratic—it cannot be both,” according to the poll

    IT IS A WORRY WHAT DO THE OTHER 42% OF ISRAELIS THINK ?

    • Adrian Jackson says:

      The rest of the citizens of Israel were not part of the survey either it would appear but even without their views 38% of Hebrew Israelis dont support the settlements.

      This is not a ringing endorsement of the government of Israels policies on Settlement on Palestinian land.

    • LIZZIE MOORE says:

      My impression is that Kerry has long been a well-intentioned dreamy head. How is a “Palestinian” state adjacent, Not going to turn into a mega-Gaza? Only a couple of weeks back, Abbas boasted that Israel was going to be annihilated within 20 years. Kerry spent years down the bottom of the garden with the leprechauns. He has experienced many failures. Still, he’s not totally a stupid man and I feel in private, he may be saying of Gaza: “oh dear, we did not realise it would work out that way! This has not exactly been the success we had hoped for!”

      Lizzie, via Bendigo.

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