Poll on Palestinian/Israeli attitudes…

 …Shows Israelis support America almost as much as Americans; 58% of Palestinians for an Iranian bomb…

New York, June 27, 2007 “Israelis are America’s number one supporters in the world (outside of Africa), far ahead of the populations of Britain, Germany, Japan, and other close allies.  Seventy-eight percent of Israelis have a favorable opinion of the U.S., which almost matches the figure for Americans with favorable opinions of the U.S. (80%.)  And Americans continue to show overwhelming support for Israel in its efforts to counter terrorism and threats to its security.  The Pew Global Attitudes public opinion survey released today adds to the evidence of many previous opinion polls that show a special relationship between the American public and the Israeli public, a bond based on share values and interests and reflected in the strong and consistent mutual support of the U.S. and Israeli governments,” said June Walker, Chairperson, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman.

“By contrast, the Palestinians are the number one supporters of a nuclear-armed Iran in the survey of 37 populations, with 58% of the Palestinian public in favor, and the only Middle Eastern population not opposed to an Iranian bomb.  Only 6% of Palestinians ‘support the U.S.-led War on Terror,’ the lowest of any population, and only 21% of Palestinians have favorable feelings toward the American people, as opposed to U.S. policies.  The entire spectrum of America’s political leadership and the American people recognize Iran’s nuclear program and Islamic terrorism as major threats to the United States, Europe, our allies in the region, and our interests in the Middle East and around the world. 

“While the U.S. and Israel are working to strengthen the more moderate elements in the Palestinian Authority, the effect of the constant incitement in the media, mosques, and public statements by officials and in textbooks have led to these most disturbing results.  It is equally troubling that 77% of Palestinians do not believe in coexistence with Israel.  Instead, they appear to support Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s threat to ‘wipe Israel off the map.’  This culture of hatred and violence must be confronted by all ‘men and women of conscience’, as President Bush stated today in his important speech at the Islamic Center of Washington, including in the Palestinian Authority and in the Arab world.”

 

The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 50 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.

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