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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Shocking Poll, Not All Americans Consider Israel an Ally

We sometimes receive the New York Times International Edition, and since we don't pay for it, I really enjoy looking for interesting tidbits I wouldn't otherwise hear about. In the Feb. 7, 2017 edition, there's a very revealing article about how Democrats, Republicans and Independent perceive other countries:


Places Americans say are allies
AMONG...
DEMOCRATSREPUBLICANSINDEPENDENTS
Canada2nd2nd1st
Australia4th1st2nd
Britain1st3rd3rd
France3rd9th5th
Italy5th4th9th
Ireland9th6th4th
Israel28th5th17th
Norway11th13th6th
Sweden6th10th12th
Germany8th12th7th
Switzerland7th7th18th
New Zealand10th8th8th
Netherlands12th14th10th
Denmark16th11th11th
Greece13th21st23rd

The State of Israel, its politicians and citizens like to think of the United States as a reliable ally, and even when the Americans have been very critical, most Israelis remain loyal and supportive of the USA. Granted that the past eight years, when Barack Hussein Obama was the President, it was clear the relationship was rocky, but most Israelis still thought that there was a strong mutual respect between Americans and Israelis.

Some of us have been pretty suspicious or wary of American friendship, because we see so much support in academia, think-tanks and the political arena for a new Arab country which would be called "Palestine" replacing Israel. But even I was shocked when I saw these numbers:

Places Americans say are allies
Israel28th5th17th
No other country is considered/ranked so differently by Republicans and Democrats. While Republicans consider Israel as the 5th highest ally, Democrats rank Israel 28th and Independents 17th. This poll sure puts life into the saying:
"Even paranoids have enemies."
Israelis must take this very seriously. For years I've been predicting that the trend of demonizing Israel will only get worse, and I don't see how it can get better. It's not just the anti-Israel media. It's the fact that universities teach that Jews have stolen Arab lands etc. Nowadays pro-Israel student groups are under attack all over the world. In many universities Israelis who come to speak are shouted down and worse.

So far, at least the among the Republicans Israel is seen as an ally and friend. Honestly, I don't know how to reverse the anti-Israel feeling in the states.




4 comments:

Mr. Cohen said...

When will American Jews finally WAKE UP and quit the Israel-hating Democratic Party?

Those who CLAIM-to-be-Orthodox have even more reason to quit the Democratic Party because it was the Democratic Party that pushed to legalize the disgusting, unpardonable, abomination called “gay marriage”.

Please read my personal story of how I quit the Israel-hating
Democratic Party and joined the Conservative Party:
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-from-democrat-to-conservative.html

Since Batya mentioned the Israel-hating New York Times,
I should mention these guest posts that I made on this blog:

New York Times Erases Israel from Map:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html
http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html

How to Convict the New York Times of Unfair Bias Against Israel:
https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html

When will American Jews finally WAKE UP and stop reading
the Israel-hating New York Times?

Those who CLAIM-to-be-Orthodox have even more reason to stop reading the New York Times because it is totally in favor of the disgusting, unpardonable, abomination called “gay marriage”.

Batya Medad said...

Amen. It's so incomprehensible that American Jewry still so religiously support the Democrats which have demonized Israel.

CDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

And even the Republicans consider us only number 5. That's really not so great, when you think about it. Even they can turn on us in a heartbeat.

Batya Medad said...

I am not surprised that 3 English speaking countries are ahead of us. There probably isn't much separating Italy and Israel.