(JNS.org) The latest Peace Index poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, released on Monday, shows that Israelis believe Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will serve Israel’s interests in the White House better than Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Forty-percent of respondents, according to the survey, believe that Clinton would be better for Israel in the White House, compared to 31 percent who believe the same about Trump.
Yet 62 percent of the respondents answered in the affirmative when asked, “In your opinion, if Trump is elected the next American president, will he be committed to safeguarding Israel’s security?” In response to a similar question about Clinton, only 48 percent answered yes.
The survey said that it saw a high rate of respondents who could not give an answer, explaining that this situation “may indicate that the Jewish public is not enthused with either of the two candidates in terms of Israeli interests. It is also possible that the Israeli public is influenced by the mood in the United States, where the picture of the public’s preferences is likewise unclear at present.”