web analytics
December 25, 2014 / 3 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Americans: Israel Is the MVP

israeli flag

At a time when the White House is pressuring Israel to make dramatic concessions, the Jewish State enjoys an all-time high popularity among Americans, and therefore among their representatives in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

According to a February 18, 2014 Gallup Poll, Israel is the MVP (most favorite player) in the Middle East – 72% very/mostly favorable –  leading all other Middle East countries by a dramatic margin: Egypt – 45%, Saudi Arabia – 35%, etc.

Israel’s popularity is at the highest since 1991, when Gallup first polled Americans on foreign countries, compared to 2009 (63%), 2010 (67%), 2011 (68%), 2012 (71%) and 2013 (66%).

Israel is more popular than most Western democracies, while the Palestinian Authority is ranked among the least favorable (19% favorability), along with North Korea (11%), Iran (12%), Syria (13%) and Iraq (16%).  Thus, when President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union Address, he was greeted with indifference when stating: “American diplomacy [aims] to achieve dignity and an independent state for Palestinians.” However, the president triggered resounding applause when continuing: “…and lasting peace and security for the state of Israel – a Jewish state that has known that America will always be at their side.”

The Gallup findings reveal that the more experienced and mature Americans are, the higher is Israel’s favorability: 81% among those 55 or older (who tend to be more knowledgeable about international relations, in general, and Israel in particular), 72% among those in the 35-54 age group and 64% among those between the ages of 18-34.

The Gallup data highlights the fact that Americans in general, rather than US Jewry, are the main source of intense identification with the Jewish State.  That is also the case on Capitol Hill, where the key US-Israel initiatives have been conceived/led by Christian legislators (most notably, the late Senator Daniel Inouye).  In fact, the vast majority of Americans has embraced the idea of a Jewish State since the 17th century Pilgrims – long before the integration of the Jewish community into American society, and many years before the founding of AIPAC.

Such determination was underlined by the October 3, 2013 Pew Research Center: 55% of America’s Christians (and 82% of Evangelicals) – compared with 47% of American Jews – asserted that Israel was given to the Jewish People by God. The April, 2010 Quinnipiac Institute poll documented an overwhelming majority of Americans (66%:19%) urging President Obama to be more supportive of Israel.

While President Obama suffers from erosion of  support by an increasing number of legislators from his own party – as has been the case with all second term Presidents – while his approval rating drops to 40%, according to a February 16, 2014 Gallup poll, and while polarization among constituents and legislators has been dramatically intensified, the all-time high support of the Jewish State has been one of the few bipartisan consensus issues in America.

The support of Israel has been enhanced by the anti-US Arab Tsunami on the Arab Street from the Persian Gulf to Northwest Africa, the rising threat of Islamic terrorism – which has penetrated the US mainland through hundreds of sleeper cells – and the rapidly expanding mutually-beneficial cooperation between the US and Israel, commercially and militarily.

Moreover, support for Israel has been bolstered despite the tension between the White House and Jerusalem, due to the fact that most Americans do not consider the Jewish State a classic foreign policy issue.  Americans have always considered the Jewish State an integral part of the American story, morally, culturally and politically.

The February 18, 2014 Gallup poll reflects the healthy tissue and the potency of the US-Israel covenant, which has withstood wars, crises and pressure, constituting a robust tailwind behind the surge of the Jewish State from a remnant of the Holocaust to the prime ally of the US.

About the Author: Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is consultant to Israel’s Cabinet members and Israeli legislators, and lecturer in the U.S., Canada and Israel on Israel’s unique contributions to American interests, the foundations of U.S.-Israel relations, the Iranian threat, and Jewish-Arab issues.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Americans: Israel Is the MVP”

  1. I am woman. If I knew nothing about either Palestine or Israel, I would have to look at Muslim women and their status, and Jewish women and their status in their respective societies, and say, "Oh, yeah, I vote Israel."

  2. ישראל היא השחקן האהוב ביותר במזרח התיכון, 72% ישראל, בהפרש דרמתי מול מצרים שזוכה ל 45% וערב הסעודית רק ל 35% .
    הפופולריות של ישראל היא הגבוהה ביותר מאז שנת 1991.
    בעוד הפופולריות של הרשות הפלסטינית מגיעה רק ל 11% אחוז ביחד עם צפון קוראיה….
    השאלה החשובה שצריכה להישאל היא, האם ציפי יודעת את זה או שהיא תאמר שזה בזכותה חחח

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
King Abdullah II
Intel: Abdullah — the Last Hashemite King of Jordan
Latest Indepth Stories
Hanukiyah created by world famous Venetian Glass Blower

It’s fascinating how sources attain the status “traditional,” or its equivalent level of kashrus.

President Ronald Reagan

The West needs to ensure Russia understands that aggression comes at a significant cost.

Lebovic-122614

What benefit is a learning experience that leaves kids confused,disillusioned&harms self confidence?

The New York Police Department has announced increased coverage of NYC synagogues.

Girlfriend and double cop-killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley apparently was influenced by Islamic extremism.

We see pictures of mosques, monuments for terrorists, illegal schools, and hundreds of apartments being built on Jewish land without repercussions. We are losing Jewish property, so it is up to us to protect it.

Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.

Also left unsaid was the fact that the menorah and its oil were in the Beit HaMikdash, which of course was located on Har HaBayit – the Temple Mount that present-day Muslims claim as their own.

Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.

A revolution is taking place between good and evil; light and darkness. Make the light activism!

Obama’s comments calling Israeli settlements “unhelpful”are harsher than prior US administrations’

He ruthlessly crushed the revolt, and, despite lacking official Roman sanction, ordered the rebel leaders put to death without trial.

Hamas recently stated publicly that a new explosion of violence against Israel is imminent.

We can never allow Israel in the name of democracy to turn herself into an Arab or bi-nationalstate

The Jordanian public is a fertile ground of anger that could be easily exploited by ISIS.

More Articles from Yoram Ettinger
The National Menorah at the White House.

Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers

Jewish Holidays' Guide for the Perplexed

Chanukah is the holiday of liberty, combining The Book (faith and dedication to God) and the sword

Col. Meinertzhagen: Brit. policy in the Middle East bets on the wrong horse when appeasing the Arabs

Assuming that Israel’s economic growth depends on the conclusion of peace accords is inaccurate.

The soaring threat of Islamic terrorism to the US mainland, pro-US Arab regimes, Europe, India, Asia, Africa and Australia has reaffirmed Israel’s role as the moral and military outpost of the US in the Middle East. Israel’s strategic role has gained in importance against the backdrop of the US withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan, the […]

Terrorists aren’t driven by social, economic, or other grievances, rather by a fanatical worldview.

Battling Arab terrorism is undermined by focusing on symptoms rather than its cause, hate-education.

Sukkot is a universal holiday, inviting all peoples to come on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/americans-israel-is-the-mvp/2014/02/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: