Via Israel Matzav. Actually, the poll asks whether he’s more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, not whether he’s pro-Israel in the abstract. But even so — four percent? Dude, the margin of error is 4.5 percent. He’s within the margin of error of zero.
A few more months of pushing ObamaCare and he might be there in America, too.
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%.
A much-cited Post poll published on June 19 that put the first figure at 6% had been cited by top officials in both the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office as the catalyst for recent American efforts to improve the American-Israeli relationship. But the new poll proves that those efforts have not improved Obama’s reputation among Israelis…
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.
Note that the numbers here don’t turn (at least not exclusively) on Obama’s opposition to Israeli settlements: 41 percent of those surveyed said they’d be willing to freeze settlements for a year as part of a U.S.-brokered peace deal. In which case, what explains the abysmal result? Settlements + dithering on Iran + the Cairo pandering to Muslims + The One’s obsession with being the anti-Bush + his pro-Palestinian past + … anything I’m leaving out? I don’t think Blagojevich sunk as low as four percent in Illinois even at the height of his scandal. Great, great job, Barry. Exit question: Since we’re all about “smart power” now, how smart is it for Obama to have alienated literally the entire Israeli population ahead of peace negotiations? Every concession Netanyahu makes will be excruciatingly painful given the widespread assumption among his constituents that the game is fixed. Is there any way, short of a strike on Iran, that O boosts Israeli confidence in him back up to reasonable levels? (Answer: No.)
Update: Actually, it’s not fair to say he’s alienated everyone; 35 percent say he’s at least neutral between the two sides. It’d be more accurate to say virtually no one considers him a strong ally, which of course was exactly what he promised he’d be when he appeared before AIPAC during the campaign.