Israelis to Obama: Back Off!

Sunday, November 22, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's regular War and Peace Index poll revealed last week that the vast majority of Israelis don't trust US President Barack Obama and want him to back off on pressure for Israel to meet Arab demands.

Over two-thirds of respondents said Obama is being too aggressive and unfair with Israel and needs to take a step back. Israelis never demanded less involvement from past US presidents in the peace process.

That things are different with Obama probably has a lot to do with Israelis' perception that he is blatantly pro-Arab, a view held by over 40 percent of respondents in the recent survey.

Over sixty percent of Israelis said that in addition to simply not trusting Obama, there is no point to the current US pressure, since Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is either unwilling or incapable of reaching a genuine peace deal with Israel.

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