Israelis: Obama does not support us

Sunday, August 23, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Most Israelis feel that US President Barack Obama is reversing his nation's traditional strong support of the Jewish state, and replacing it with policies that favor Israel's antagonists.

A survey of Israelis conducted earlier this month revealed that a mere 12 percent of Israel's believe Obama supports Israel. Forty percent said Obama's current peace policies clearly favor the Palestinians.

At the same time, 59 percent of Israelis polled said that the outcome of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction convention last week made it clear Israel has no partner for peace.

At the convention, Fatah adopted a new party platform that legitimizes terrorism against Israelis and threatens to renew widespread violence if Israel does not meet Arab demands. Fatah also elected a number of terrorism advocates to its powerful central committee.

On the flip side, the poll found that 64 percent of Palestinian Arabs still feel that US peace policies in the region are biased in favor of Israel.

The poll was conducted between August 9 and 15 by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Police and Survey Research and the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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