Robert Wexler’s “Dear Colleague” to Congressional Members on New Israel Attitudes Poll

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Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL-19), who will soon leave his post to take on the presidency of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation has just sent this morning an important note to Congressional Members about a New America Foundation poll of Israeli public attitudes yesterday.

New Israeli Poll Shows Strong Support for President Obama And Middle East Peace Process
Dear Colleague:
I wanted to bring to your attention the following poll released by the New America Foundation on December 10, 2009, focusing on Israeli public attitudes towards President Obama and his administration, U.S. efforts to resolve the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, and other pertinent policy issues facing Israelis. The New America Foundation poll can be found at the following website.
Over the last several months, there have been many articles suggesting that President Obama’s efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and his robust Middle East engagement have been rejected by the Israeli public. There have also been reports suggesting U.S.-Israel relations have been damaged, and that President Obama favorability rating in Israeli is at 4%. Given the important polling information released by the New America Foundation this week, nothing could be further from the truth.
After reviewing the New America Foundation’s national survey of 1,000 Israelis it is clear that there is greater support among the Israeli public for President Obama and American efforts to move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward than previously reported. These poll numbers suggest the Israeli public is willing to move the peace process forward with its ally, the United States, and under the right circumstances. It also suggests that President Obama has a unique window of opportunity to directly engage the Israeli public to pursue a course of peace in cooperation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is my hope that President Obama will seize this opportunity and strongly consider visiting Israel and speak directly to the Israeli public, laying out his agenda for peace, security and prosperity in the Middle East and his strong support for U.S.-Israel relations.
According to the New American Foundation Poll, President Obama has a 41% favorable / 37% unfavorable rating among Israelis. His unfavorable rating is only four points higher than the unfavorable rating for George W. Bush, who is routinely characterized as very popular among Israelis. A majority of Israelis (55%) believes Obama is honest and trustworthy and 52% believe Obama will strengthen America’s standing in the world.
Additionally, the poll reports that by a 65% to 31% percent margin, Israelis believe that the United States is the only powerful country that Israel can count on in the world today. Further, they do not believe Israel will be able to build alliances with other powers if relations with the U.S. ever deteriorate. According to the poll, if President Obama were to put forward a peace plan based on the previous Taba talks, such a plan would receive the support of a majority of Israelis if Prime Minister Netanyahu is on board (53% to 45%), while the public is evenly split (48%) if Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects the plan.
I strongly urge you to review the New America Foundation poll, which highlights an opportunity for President Obama and the United States to maintain and strengthen our efforts to promote Israeli-Arab peace over the coming weeks and months. This poll is a helpful reminder that the unbreakable bond shared by Americans and Israelis remains strong and that only through greater cooperation can we ensure peace, prosperity and security in the Middle East.
With best regards,
Robert Wexler
Member, US House of Representatives

— Steve Clemons

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34 comments on “Robert Wexler’s “Dear Colleague” to Congressional Members on New Israel Attitudes Poll

  1. Winski says:

    ANYTHING that leaves Israel exposed and with their collective rear-ends hanging out… As they try to punish anything and everyone who disagrees with them in the slightest… TOUGH…
    More settlements = NO MONEY… Bomb Iran = Shrivel in the desert…

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  2. kotzabasis says:

    Kervick
    You are a very bad reader. The phrase ‘according to me’ follows the word ‘stunningly’ and applies to it, which in your first post you typed as ‘stunner,’ and did not apply to the results in the crosstabs page.
    Just answer one question and you will see clearly by your own answer that the ‘contradiction’ is free from any bigoted preconceptions. Can you imagine that a majority of Sephardic Jews that assume correctly or wrongly-in this case of course wrongly-that Obama is a Muslim would also consider him favourably, when the whole Muslim world is deadly against them? By being overly logical in your second paragraph you continue to miss this glaring contradiction in its BELLICOSE CONTEXT of Muslims and Jews. This contradiction in itself speaks volumes about the cognitive status of the poll which you parroted sans critical scrutiny.

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    You gotta wonder how long our President and our Secretary of State will stand mute while Netanyahu repeatedly spits in their faces.
    You also gotta wonder how much more emboldened Netanyahu is due to the efforts of Reid and Hoyer, and many others in the majority party.
    I for one am sick to death of our President’s cowardice. His silence is a testament to his insincerity and weakness. Netanyahu is calling the shots, and making a complete ass out of the President Of The United States.
    http://www.politicaltheatrics.net/?p=1486
    Netanyahu Itching For A Fight With The U.S.
    By politicaltheatrics
    Published: December 13, 2009
    The cabinet’s approval Sunday of a plan to pump millions of shekels into West Bank settlements stirred fierce anger among members of the opposition and the left-wing parties, who accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of shirking his declared commitment to a Middle East peace process.
    “The cabinet decision teaches us that the political process is not on the national list of priorities, and that Netanyahu and his cronies are itching for a fight with the American government and the international community,” said Meretz Chairman Haim Oron.
    The left-wing Meretz faction submitted a motion of no-confidence in response to the plan.
    The opposition Kadima party on Sunday lashed out at the cabinet for approving the plan, saying it in effect “canceled out any declaration made by Netanyahu regarding two states for two peoples.”
    The plan to widen Israel’s map of ‘national priority’ areas was approved after Netanyahu decided to review the list of communities for which funds were earmarked.
    All of the ministers from the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas parties voted in favor, following a five-hour debate on the matter at the weekly cabinet meeting; Labor’s five ministers opposed.
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the Labor chairman, attacked the plan during the discussion, warning that some of the money would end up in the hands of right-wing extremists.
    “I don’t think that we need to award them a prize in the form of including them in the national priority map,” said Barak, referring to the plan.
    A spokesman for Labor Minister Avishai Braverman said that while “the increase in the Arab population included in the map from eight per cent to 40 per cent is an important accomplishment,” he could not support the plan if settlements known to house extremist settlers were included.
    Netanyahu’s decision to review the move appeared to be a compromise on the matter. The plan sparked a barrage of criticism since the premier decided to implement the move despite a freeze on new construction in the territories.
    The Labor ministers said Netanyahu had agreed to hold a cabinet discussion on the plan and to form a panel to examine which communities should be included.
    Netanyahu’s decision to review the move appeared to be a compromise on the matter. The plan sparked a barrage of criticism since the premier decided to implement the move despite a freeze on new construction in the territories.
    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, a close ally in Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party said on Israel Radio the added funds would show settlers that despite the freeze, Israel “also supports and reinforces” them.

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  4. ... says:

    reading haaretz is often fascinating and sometimes quite disturbing…
    Lawless settlers are an inseparable part of Israel
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArtVty.jhtml?sw=shiloh&itemNo=1134228

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  5. ... says:

    U.S. not opposed to Israel pumping more funds into settlements
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1134403.html

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  6. samuelburke says:

    i am confident in believing that aipac has scrambled their boys in americas congress to go out and do damage control.
    the tide has turned and aipac will keep sending their supporters in the u.s congress to stop the dyke from breaking further. Mission Impossible.
    but the fools (in congress) are employed for tomfoolery.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/04/AR2009120403074.html
    “How will the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program evolve during the next year? If a simulation game played at Harvard last week is any guide, the situation won’t look pretty: Iran will be closer to having the bomb, and America will fail to obtain tough U.N. sanctions; diplomatic relations with Russia, China and Europe will be strained; and Israel will be threatening unilateral military action.
    My scorecard had Team Iran as the winner and Team America as the loser. The U.S. team — unable to stop the Iranian nuclear program and unwilling to go to war — concluded the game by embracing a strategy of containment and deterrence. The Iranian team wound up with Russia and China as its diplomatic protectors. And the Israeli team ended in a sharp break with Washington”

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  7. samuelburke says:

    The implications to the united states of policies influenced by the israeli zionist point of view when dealing with the rest of the middle eastern muslim nations are deleterious to the interests of the united states of america, period the end, and many many in the american realist school are coming to the same conclussions en masse, alleluyah praise the Lord.
    The christian lobbies in america are enthralled to the muslim murdering zionist point of view as evidenced by the pat robertson led 700 club ( where dore gold and other leading zionist often go on to preach zionist love (hatred of muslims), the john hagge movement, the crouch family praise the lord tv conglomerate and the rest of the nationally televised christianity movement. Under their school of theology the christian nations in christ’s name are to murder and conquer these nations to help God accomplish his will on earth, as if he needed humanity’s help to accomplish his goals.
    http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/
    “A week ago I had the opportunity to participate in a one-day simulation of the broad international effort to address Iran’s nuclear program, sponsored by Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The participants were divided into various teams (the United States, EU, Russia, China, Iran, Israel, and a “GCC” team representing other Persian Gulf states), along with a control team that supervised events (and played the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency). Several prominent journalists observed the proceedings and were also available to “leak” information to. The simulation was designed to begin on Dec. 1, 2009 and cover the next twelve months, and various teams were able to negotiate face-to-face (bilaterally or multilaterally), move military forces around, issue press releases, make back-channel offers, etc.; in short, they could undertake virtually any action that might have been possible in the real world.
    The result, as has already been reported, was discouraging: by the end of the game, Iran hadn’t agreed to halt enrichment, the P5+1 coalition was collapsing, and the United States and Israel were having what could politiely be called a “candid and frank exchange of views.” The sole piece of good news was that there had been no recourse to military force by the time the game ended.”

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  8. Dan Kervick says:

    Kotzabasis, you’re just trying to cover your embarrassment now with more ad hominem sneering and ad hoc arguments.
    The statistic about Sephardic Jews is also to be found in the results in the Crosstabs page. It’s not just “according to me”. What you seem to be suggesting is that the poll must be faulty in some way because these results are a “glaring contradiction”. The fact that you see them as contradictory reflects only your own bigoted preconceptions, not any incoherence in the poll results.
    It is possible that many of these Sepahardic Jews only distantly follow American politics. They know that the US president’s father is of Kenyan origin, and that they are both named “Barack Obama”, so assume, not knowing much else about his personal history and religious conversion, that he is a Muslim. It is also possible, as I think Nadine suggested, that these Sephardic Jews’ attitudes simply reflect their own traditions, in which a person’s religious identity isn’t something one can choose, but is a result of parentage. Just as they believe that what makes them Jews is that their mothers were Jewish, they believe that the fact that Obama’s father was a Muslim makes him a Muslim.

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  9. David says:

    Yada Yada,
    Phil Ochs, one of the best ever. But you are likely wrong about Robert Wexler. He was not a member of congress who ran for cover. And I, for one, do care what he thinks. How much of his history are you aware of?
    I continue to be struck by the irony that Likudland, the actual modern state of Israel, is practicing ethnic cleansing by occupation/displacement. But to the extent that the modern state of Israel was created in Britain and America’s image, that should be no surprise. What is saddest to me, besides the ruthlessness of the suffering being inflicted on the Palestinians, is Isreal’s utter loss of its national soul. But as I have been reminded on numerous occasions, in the real world, nations do not have principles, only interests. And as best I can tell national interests pretty much always devolve to ruthless behavior.
    If Obama is successful in bringing any elements of principle to US foreign policy, which Carter was not able to do and Kennedy did not live long enough to have the possibility of attempting, he will be the first American president to do so.

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  10. samuelburke says:

    if it weren’t for the political/financial/military cover that the
    united states has given to israel where would that parasite state
    be?
    what these polls reveal is that the news is trickling out.
    regardless of the nuances either side would like to read into the
    results, more importantly is that more news is what is needed
    for americans to finally get it…israel is a costly project that the
    united states can no longer afford, neither financially nor
    morally.
    fact is that the united states of america has an israel problem,
    and americans are getting bits and pieces of the truth now
    more and more…the zionist appartachiks that troll around here
    have their jobs cut out for them…the lies and disinformation
    that covered the zionist and then israels abuses for almost a full
    century is coming before the dissinfecting light of truth.
    http://ifamericansknew.com/
    Israel currently has 223 Jewish-only settlements and ‘outposts’
    built on confiscated Palestinian land. Palestinians do not have
    any settlements on Israeli land. (View Sources & More
    Information)

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  11. kotzabasis says:

    Kervick
    Well, well, you might not be a fool but you certainly are sans political insight. That you ‘simply read it straight off the poll results’ without seeing the flaunting contradiction or commenting upon it if you had seen it, that is, while stunningly, according to you, a majority of Sephardic Jews think that Obama ‘is a Muslim,’ yet according to questions 30, 39, and 42 a majority of Jews consider him favourably. The fact that you missed this glaring contradiction of the poll and didn’t sniff its “bull’s trail”, i.e., the cozenage of the poll, makes you a political simpleton.

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  12. Dan Kervick says:

    “Kervick’s post is brimming, as usually, with contradictions. While 39% percent of Jews and over half of Sephardic Jews believe that Obama is a Muslim, nonetheless Kervick deduces from the poll that ‘on the whole Israelis think that Obama is honest and trustworthy,’ and that he is ‘good for the problems facing the world.’”
    Kotzabasis, rather than allowing you to go further in making a fool of yourself, I will instead suggest you follow the link Steve provided, and read the results for poll questions 30, 39 and 42. Take note of the numbers under the “Very Well” and “Well” columns – which are summed up in the “Total Well” column. After you have absorbed those results, you will see that I didn’t “deduce” anything about majority opinion in Israel, but simply read it straight off the poll results.

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  13. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Nadine, I’m not in the least bit interested in one small iota of anything you have to say. As far as I am concerned, you’re a liar and a bigot, and your credibility went out the window a loooong time ago.

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  14. nadine says:

    Yossi Beilin is an incorrigible idiot. Why blame Mitchell? It’s not his fault. It’s Obama’s fault for instituting a completely unworkable policy. All Obama wound up doing is giving Abu Mazen an excuse for not talking, which Abu Mazen seized on gladly.
    The Palestinians don’t want to negotiate, don’t you get that yet? Not with Israel. If they negotiated with Israel, they’d have to make some compromises. They have to give up unlimited “right of return” at the very least. They don’t want to do that.
    Since, contrary to the ritual whining, they are not in a particularly desperate situation, they’d far rather try to “negotiate” with the EU or the UN, who will “give” them everything they ask for. They figure they can use the phony “agreements” to pressure some more free concessions out of the Israelis. That’s the name of their game. Free concessions until Israel collapses. They don’t care how long it takes, they are sure it will happen eventually.
    Once you understand that the Palestinian leadership doesn’t want a state, the whole Mideast morass becomes understandable.

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  15. PissedOffAmerican says:

    http://palestinenote.com/cs/blogs/news/archive/2009/12/12/beilin-mitchell-should-resign.aspx
    Beilin: Mitchell should resign
    In an interview with palestinenote.com former Israeli Justice Minister, Yossi Beilin calls for the resignation of special envoy for Mideast peace George Mitchell.
    Beilin describes Mitchell’s mission as a failure and says “Mission of senator mitchell failed, I think Mr. Mitchell should resign, after one year in which nothing happened but to the worse,I don’t think that he can continue his mission when the parties have not even met but for this bizarre meeting in Waldorf Astoria in September which did not bear any fruits…although Mitchell is a good man, and he is full of good intentions, I know him personally, but he is a total failure.”
    The interview was conducted for palestinenote.com by Amjad Atallah, the Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation. The views of Mr. Beilin are his own and do not reflect those of Mr. Atallah or the New America Foundation.

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  16. JohnH says:

    As Kotz notes, “the cardinal question is not what the world thought about the freeze of the settlements but what Israelis felt about it.” And what makes Israel great is that it can lead the US around by its nose…
    If the US want to be respected as a leader in the world, it will have to solve its Israel problem.

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  17. nadine says:

    “As others have mentioned, the key results are hard to interpret because they don’t show a breakdown into Arab and non-Arab Israelis. That data appears to be on the supporting “Crosstabs” PDF. There is a section for questions 20 to 29 that breaks the responses down by respondent identification.” (Dan Kervick)
    Of course they didn’t break out the Arab vs non-Arab results, the whole purpose was to make Obama seem more popular than he really is.

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  18. nadine says:

    “And then there’s this stunner: 39% of Israelis believe Barack Obama is a Muslim! And as I read the supporting numbers, over half of Sephardic Jews think he is a Muslim.” (Dan Kervick)
    In that part of the world people named “Hussein” are Muslim, and becoming un-Muslim is not allowed. But lying to infidels is allowed, esp. to advance the faith.
    I think the Israels are reacting according to their personal experience. Bet the percent who think Obama is Muslim is even higher in the Arab world.
    I just laughed when I saw the questions in the poll because the “do you think the President is a nice guy” question is perennially the easiest hurdle to surmount, more so than job approval or policy questions. Back in the recession of the early eighties, when Reagan’s job approval numbers were below 40%, he still sailed through the “nice guy” question with majorities.

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  19. kotzabasis says:

    JohnH
    It’s true of course that the political “tyroism” of ‘the world thinks that constructing the settlements is the problem.’ But the cardinal question is not what the world thought about the freeze of the settlements but what Israelis felt about it. And with Obama’s diplomatic faux pas on a total freeze he missed the wood for the trees as to the feelings of an overwhelming number of Israelis.
    Kervick’s post is brimming, as usually, with contradictions. While 39% percent of Jews and over half of Sephardic Jews believe that Obama is a Muslim, nonetheless Kervick deduces from the poll that ‘on the whole Israelis think that Obama is honest and trustworthy,’ and that he is ‘good for the problems facing the world.’ That Israelis could make such a positive assessment about a “Muslim” president is beyond belief. Kervick takes a flight in the face of glaring contradiction.
    What is interesting and revealing at the same time however, is that Clemons cleverly abstains from making a direct positive assessment of the NAF poll and uses a mouthpiece, Congressman Robert Wexler, to evaluate and wax lyrical about the poll. Is it because Clemons is concerned that he would compromise his political nous by directly accepting the dubious results of a dodgy poll?

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  20. JohnH says:

    “Any kind of moderation in the region will ease oil pricing futures.” Yeah, right!
    In case Mr. Murder hasn’t noticed, what’s needed is moderation among hyper-chauvinistic political elites. When they reach the levels of moderation exhibited by the constituents they supposed represent, then maybe we’ll have some diminution of belligerency and easing of oil price futures.

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  21. Mr.Murder says:

    Wexler’s effort is important because any kind of moderation in the region will ease oil pricing futures and that helps the economy.
    The overlay of domestic policy priorities with foreign accord is quite important. The engine driving prosperity requires nuance to steer it.

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  22. Colin Laney says:

    The interesting point in this article is that Wexler wrote it under the assumption that American congressman are strongly influenced by Israeli public opinion. Stop and think about that for a moment. Israel is a foreign country. Its interests are different from ours.

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  23. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “And then there’s this stunner: 39% of Israelis believe Barack Obama is a Muslim!”
    The RW/Zionist smear machine knows no national boundries. One should not find it suprising that the Israelis are subjected to the same propaganda that Americans are.

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  24. Dan Kervick says:

    Looking over all of the numbers in the poll that pertain to Obama, we get this picture: On the whole, Israelis think Obama is honest and trustworthy, don’t think he is particularly naïve, think he will improve America’s standing in the world, and think his election is “good for the problems facing the world”.
    But most don’t think he supports Israel or shares their values. So there is some significant number of Israelis who think Obama is good for America and the world, but bad for Israel, and thus admit to a divergence between Israeli interests and non-Israeli interests.
    And then there’s this stunner: 39% of Israelis believe Barack Obama is a Muslim! And as I read the supporting numbers, over half of Sephardic Jews think he is a Muslim.
    Obama might be able to help himself in Israeli if he could just figure out how to bring that number down to 25% by convincing some of these folks that he is actually a Christian. Maybe he should send them Christmas cards.
    As others have mentioned, the key results are hard to interpret because they don’t show a breakdown into Arab and non-Arab Israelis. That data appears to be on the supporting “Crosstabs” PDF. There is a section for questions 20 to 29 that breaks the responses down by respondent identification.
    As expected, Obama is more popular among Israeli Arabs than Jews. For some reason, Obama is very unpopular with Israel’s young people. I wonder if that has something to do with demographics. The Jewish birth rate in the colonies is higher, as I understand it, than the birth rate in the rest of Israel.

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  25. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Frankly, it suprises me that someone like Nadine challenges this poll. The poll works in Netanyahu’s favor, and gives Obama reason to maintain his spineless approach to the Isr/Pal situation. I guess bigots like Nadine gotta challenge ANYTHING that contradicts the hasbarist line, even if it works against their agenda.

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  26. JohnH says:

    After all the hasbara that Nadine has spewed here, how ironic that she would complain about NAF’s poll! I guess mis-information is only supposed to flow one way–out of Tel Aviv.

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  27. Yada Yada says:

    Wexler: another mendacious “liberal”. – To quote Phil Ochs “Ten degrees to the left of centre in good times, ten degrees to the right of centre if it affects him personally”.
    Who gives a fuck what he thinks?

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  28. nadine says:

    “According to the New American Foundation Poll, President Obama has a 41% favorable / 37% unfavorable rating among Israelis. His unfavorable rating is only four points higher than the unfavorable rating for George W. Bush, who is routinely characterized as very popular among Israelis.”
    ROFL. Here is the question they asked:
    “Q.20 Now, I’d like to rate your feelings toward some people, with one hundred meaning a VERY
    WARM, FAVORABLE feeling; zero meaning a VERY COLD, UNFAVORABLE feeling; and fifty
    meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the
    number the more favorable your feelings are toward that person or organization. If you have no opinion or
    never heard of that person, please say so.”
    It was purely on Obama’s personal popularity. It had nothing to do with his policies at all, and nothing to do with his Mideast policies. It had nothing to do with his job approval either. Totally misleading. His personal popularity is higher than his job approval in the US too.
    The rest of the poll is packed full of push-poll questions about good things that will arrive after an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty. I’d love to see Scott Rasmussen analyze these questions.

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  29. Mr.Murder says:

    Top headline on Yahoo ticker: CLinton slams Iran as “terror exporter.”
    Oy.
    Guess the psyops people we sent are justified cointelpro? That’s a can of worms best kept shut….

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  30. JohnH says:

    Yes, nice poll numbers are moot if you don’t have the spine to use them to promote American interests…
    It’s charming that Kotz thinks that stopping the settlements is the problem. For Kotz’ information, most of the rest of the world thinks that constructing the settlements is the problem, and that Obama had it exactly right–before his spine turned to mush.

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  31. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Kotz, considering that Steve provides a link to the poll itself, and its methodology, it might help your argument if you actually gave us chapter and verse about why you think the NAF poll is skewed.
    And I find it hard to believe that you are too stupid to see how this works in Netanyahu’s favor. Not only does it demonstrate that the Israeli’s appreciate a cowardly and subservient American President, it also telegraphs to Obama that if he continues with the same kind of toothless horseshit , the Israelis will abstain from using his middle name when feeding our worthless sack of shit Fourth Estate the script for the next edition of….
    “Israel, (the good guys), necessarily exterminate more Palestinians, (the evil doers), while continuing the ethnic fumigation of Jerusalem.”

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  32. kotzabasis says:

    The New America Foundation (NAF) poll is most doubtful, if not a wishful concoction, that President Obama has not significantly reduced Israeli support for his Middle East policy with the fateful diplomatic error he made with his insistence and demand that Israel cease all settlements. An overwhelming majority of Israelis rejected this demand of Obama as being not only against Israel’s interests, but also, for its political naivety, as shown by a poll of the prestigious Jerusalem Post last August. That such a significant majority of Israelis against Obama can now be transformed in such a short time by the NAF poll into a 41% favourable for Obama, goes against the grain of elementary logic and places a great question mark about the credibility and objectivity of the NAF survey. Moreover, the perception among a huge majority of Israelis that Obama is pro-Palestinian, according to the same poll of the Jerusalem Post, makes the NAF poll a “bull’s” trail.

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  33. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I really don’t understand the high degree of relevence being placed on the NAF poll.
    Considering that Obama’s “hardline” with Israel amounts to little more than assuming a posture that has been shown to be toothless, and Netanyahu is basically saying “Go screw yourself, Obama”, what do the “man-on-the-street” Israelis have to be upset about?
    The check is still in the mail, the Goldstone Report has been shoved under the rug, and settlement activity continues relatively unabated.
    The truly relevent gauge of the Israeli citizen’s sentiments towards Obama would be if Obama was sticking to his guns about the settlements, and if the White House would have assumed a moral position on the Goldstone Report, instead of giving Israel a free pass for exterminating Palestinians. Of course the common Israeli does not think overly ill of Obama, because he has shown himself to be just another subservient lacky, bowing down to the Israeli lobbies and the slimeball majority in Congress that are deep in Israel’s pockets.
    If anything, this poll tells Obama…
    “Keep backing down, and the Israelis won’t call you an anti-semite and a terrorist sympathizer, and work to destroy you politically”.
    All good bullies love a coward.

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  34. JohnH says:

    Neocon and Likud-ite demagogues will not be pleased. Solid information is poisonous to the emotional appeal of their hasbara.
    Good job for exposing their unfounded assertions!

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