According to a poll recently published by the British Embassy in Israel, some 43 percent of Israelis believe Britain is the friendliest European country to Israel. The poll found that 63 percent of Israelis think that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a true friend of Israel.
The pollsters also asked respondents what was the first thing they saw when they read the word "Britain." 24 percent said the British royal family, castles, and servants; 15 percent said soccer games; 12 percent listed tourist sites in England such as the Big Ben; and 10 percent of those asked mentioned the British mandate and the War of Independence in 1948.
Germany came in second place, with 19 percent of Israelis saying it is the friendliest among European countries, and 18 percent of Israelis think that no European country was a friend to Israel.
The poll was conducted by the Teleseker Institute, with 625 Israelis taking part.