Friday, June 5, 2009
Israelis Don't Trust Obama
The Obama love fest with the Muslim world is taking its toll on Israelis and their trust of the new American president.
Read from Israel Matzav:
60% of Israelis and 75% of Israeli Jews don't trust Obama
“60% of Israelis don't trust Obama on Israel (and since that says Israelis - and not 'Jewish Israelis' - it is probably safe to assume that the percentage of Jewish Israelis that doesn't trust Obama is closer to 75% since the 20% of the Israeli population that is Arab likely does trust Obama on Israel). 55% of the Israeli public believe that Obama favors the 'Palestinians.'
‘Even before Barack Obama's historic "reconciliation speech" in Cairo on Thursday, the majority of the Israeli public - 55% - felt the US president leans in favor of the Palestinians.
Only 5% said Obama supports the Israeli stance, while 31% said they feel he is neutral, a poll published on Thursday showed.
Sixty percent of Israelis don't trust the president to consider and protect Israel's interests during his efforts to improve relations between America and the Muslim world.
The War and Peace Index, published on Ynet once a month, showed that 65% of the respondents feel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington was unsuccessful, while 19% feel it was successful.
Nonetheless, the majority of the respondents – 56% feel the stance Netanyahu presented to the US was neither too rigid, nor too lenient, but just right. Thirteen percent said the prime minister's position was too rigid, while 9% said it was too lenient. The rest said they didn't know.’
… a large majority of Jewish Israelis also believe that the 'Palestinians' want to destroy us - and not to live in peace - and that Obama is overplaying his hand and trying to force our government to do something that is not in our best interests. Those kids are not an 'obstacle' and are not 'enemies of peace.' They are opposed to a false 'peace' that would be suicidal for Israel. So am I and so are 60% of Israelis and 75% of Jewish Israelis.
….It has to do with the fact that Obama has made 'outreach' to the 'Muslim world' a priority, and supporting Israel conflicts with that priority. It has to do with Obama's associations with radical Leftists who are hostile - or at least indifferent - to the continued existence of a Jewish state in this region. It has to do with the one-sided approach to our region that the Obama administration has thus far exhibited.
We know where we stand. We stand with Israel.”
Amen to that.