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Poll: Only 31% of Israelis consider Obama pro-Israel

Most respondents label US president as neutral in Israeli-Palestinian conflict; 62% deem Russia pro-Palestinian, Germany pro-Israel

Published: 05.18.09, 12:31 / Israel News

Only 31% of Israel's adult Jewish population considers Barack Obama' administration to be pro-Israel, according to a Smith Institute poll released Sunday, on the eve of the American president's meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.


The survey of 500 Israelis, representing a statistical model of the Israeli population, was conducted last week. It revealed that 14% of Israeli Jews consider Obama pro-Palestinian, while 40% of the respondents labeled him as neutral; 15% declined to offer their opinion.


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The poll further showed that 88% of Israeli Jews believe that Obama's predecessor, former US President George W. Bush, was pro-Israel, as opposed to only two percent who claim he was pro-Palestinian. Seven percent of the respondents said Bush was neutral.


However, the survey showed that Israelis still consider the Obama Administration to be more favorable towards Israel than Europe, with Russia considered the most pro-Palestinian.


Some 62% of Israeli Jews believe Moscow is pro-Palestinian, the poll revealed, while only five percent said the Russian regime favored Israel. Most western European are also deemed pro-Palestinian by the Israeli public, but 37% of Israeli Jews believe the German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a pro-Israel stance, as opposed to 21% who believe the German decision-makers support the Palestinians.


The poll had a 4.5% margin of error.


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