Most Israelis believe Obama was unfavorable towards Israel


Most Israeli Jews believe President Barack Obama had an unfriendly attitude towards Israel, according to a new poll [AFP]
Most Jewish Israelis believe President Barack Obama had an unfavorable attitude towards Israel during his tenure in the White House, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Tel Aviv University Peace Index. Conversely, the poll found that most Israelis believe President-elect Donald Trump has a favorable attitude towards Israel.

According to the poll, which was cited by Times of Israel, 69% of Jewish Israelis believe Trump will have a positive attitude towards Israel. This view is shared by 74% of the Arab population. 57% of Israeli Jews said they believe Obama has been “moderately unfriendly” or totally unfriendly to Israel, with 22% saying he has been. Among Arab Israelis, the view that Obama had been favorable to Israel was higher at 64%.

Regarding December’s UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, 53% of Israeli Jews said the resolution was based on hostility towards Israel, while 45% said the U.S. decision not to veto the resolution was based on hostility between Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.

71% of Israelis polled said they believe settlement construction will be allowed to continue under Trump, while half said they believe he will deliver on his promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

600 respondents (500 Jewish and 100 Arab) took part in the survey, which which was conducted at the start of January by Professors Tamar Hermann and Ephraim Yaar, according to Jerusalem Online.

01/10/2017 4:00 PM by Menachem Rephun

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