Poll: majority of Israelis support settlement building, believe Obama ‘unfriendly’ to Israel



U.S. President Barack Obama (right) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office Oct. 1, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

(JNS.org) A new survey published in the aftermath of the United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which passed after the Obama administration refused to veto the measure, says that 62 percent of Israeli Jews support continued settlement building and 57 percent believe President Barack Obama was “unfriendly” to Israel during his two terms.

Ahead of the Jan. 20 start date for Donald Trump’s presidency, the Israel Democracy Institute’s latest Peace Index survey also found that 69 percent of Jewish Israelis expect Trump’s attitude toward Israel to be “friendly,” ranging from 80 percent of respondents on the political “right” to 54 percent on the “left.” Seventy-four percent of Israeli Arabs, meanwhile, believe Trump will be friendly to Israel.

Eighty-nine percent of respondents on the right said Israel should continue construction in the disputed territories, followed by 83.5 percent on the moderate right, 45 percent in the center, 21 percent on the moderate left and 15 percent on the left. Additionally, 58 percent Israeli Jews reject Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertion following the U.N. resolution’s passage that Israel “can either be Jewish or democratic—it cannot be both,” according to the poll.

Posted on January 10, 2017 .