Israelis blame Obama for strained relations

Monday, May 10, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

A public opinion poll conducted by Israel's War and Peace Index revealed that a plurality of Israelis blame US President Barack Obama for the strained relations between America and the Jewish state.

Sixty-one percent of respondents said Israel and the US still have good relations, though that number is considerably lower than in the past.

A 56 percent majority said they do not blame Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the rift, and gave him a positive grade in handling Israel's relations with the US. Only 43 percent said the same of Obama, while 48 percent said the US president has done a poor job handling relations with Israel.

Nevertheless, most of the respondents did not chalk Obama's behavior up to hostility, but rather 43 percent said he is pragmatic and indifferent toward Israel. At the same time, 55 percent said Obama is overtly friendly and supportive toward the Arabs.

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