Israelis seem to be far more dissatisfied with their nation’s foreign policy than one might think. An overwhelming 74 percent of the population believes Israel has a poor standing in the international community. A mere 7 percent said Israel’s situation is good.
That was the primary finding by the Mitvim research institution, which performs annual surveys to determine attitudes toward foreign policy in the region.
Most respondents (58 percent) also recognized that Israel’s subpar showing extended even to its closest ally, America, with whom relations have been increasingly icy in recent years.
Furthermore, 58 percent of Israelis said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed in his diplomatic struggle to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons. Over the past year, Israeli media had a field day with this topic, accusing Netanyahu of utter failure despite being recognized as Israel’s most capable and effective spokesman.
Asked what Israel could do to improve its image around the world, 36 percent said better education regarding the conflict was necessary, while 27 percent said the government should take a more positive approach to negotiations with the Palestinians. Within the Arab population, 71 percent claimed Israel’s hostile treatment of the Palestinians was entirely to blame.
“The survey shows that the Israeli population has slowly but surely lost confidence in the nation’s foreign policy,” explained Dr. Nimrod Goren of the Mitvim Institute. “The population now understands that Netanyahu was incapable of stopping the Iranian nuclear threat, and as a result [of his efforts] Israel’s status has plummeted, [including] its relations with the American government.”
Most Israelis were already aware that their nation is unpopular around the world. No matter what goodwill gestures it makes or violence it endures, Israel is always seen as the culprit. Now most feel the nation’s foreign policy is, likewise, failing to convey the true face of Israel.