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First Published at Jewish Business News

All the way at the bottom of an article in Haaretz about the Jewish voters by and large maintaining their loyalty to the Democratic party, you’ll discover another classic: U.S. Jews are enamored with Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, more than any other person alive.

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American Jewish voters did not change their voting behavior on Tuesday’s mid-term elections, and favored Democrats over Republicans by a 69%-28% margin, according to a new poll released on Wednesday by the left-leaning J Street, Haaretz reported.

The poll results included several contradictory results, which should be of concern to the J Street folks, if they’re looking beyond the headlines:

84% of American Jews prefer a deal with Iran over war

85% support an active American role in the Arab-Israeli conflict

73% support U.S. pressure of both sides

47% approve of pressure on Israel “to make the compromises necessary to achieve peace”

80% support a two-state solution

28% of those polled said Israel should suspend all settlement activity in the West Bank.

So, now to the final paragraph:

The poll asked respondents to rate their feelings of warmth towards various personalities and institutions on a scale of 0-100, and the results, in descending order of their mean score were: Netanyahu (61), Jon Stewart (58), Clinton (57), Democratic Party (51), Barack Obama (49), Malcolm Hoenlein (45), Sheldon Adelson (28), Republican Party (28), John Boehner (25) and the newly elected and soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (24).

Now, one word about the Jewish voter’s loyalties: Congressional elections are not national, they are run district by district, which means that in many Jewish centers across America Jewish voters are voting Democrat because the Democratic candidate is either running unopposed, or has been so entrenched in his position, the other side isn’t even trying to compete seriously.

This is true not just for Jews, but for all the other voting groups.

In fact, with that being our electoral reality, the 69% figure of Jews voting Democrats represents some loss in Jewish loyalty. Back in 2008, Obama received 78% of the Jewish vote.

And that was down from 1960, when JFK took a whopping 82% of the Jewish vote.

Anyway, someone should tell Bibi we love him, he could use it this week.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. In response to the people below who are critical of Obama’s positions on Israel and Jews, please note:

    Israeli strategic experts agree that strategic cooperation between the US and Israel has never been better; the US has supplied funding for the “Iron Dome” missile defense system that has saved many Israeli lives; the Obama administration has consistently backed Israel at the UN and helped prevent a declaration of a Palestinian State by the UN, an effort that led Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to declare that Obama deserved a “badge of honor;” Obama has supported Israel with regard to the Goldstone report and the Gaza flotilla events; Obama helped save six Israelis who were trapped in the Israeli embassy in Cairo, in response to a frantic, middle-of-the night call from Netanyahu.

    Obama has also been very friendly to Jews in the US. His former Chief of Staff is an Orthodox Jew who is now Treasury Secretary and his first Chief of Staff is a Jew; he appointed a Jew to the Supreme Court and a Jew to head the Federal Reserve; many of his key advisors are Jewish; He is the first president to have Passover Seders in the White House.

  2. American Jews are truly idiots. They act as GUESTS in America and that is why there will never be a Jew as president. We ask "Is it good for the Jews". Every other group doesn't care but we still have our 2,000 year old baggage and no matter how wealthy and how powerful they think they are it can still be taken away from them because they are so pathetically weak. Be strong and be strong and be strong.

    Obama is anti-Jew and anti-Israel. His best buddy is Al Sharpton. Remember that guy who caused the deaths of the Jews and nothing happened to him because Jews are so afraid. Stop being so afraid and be strong and fight for yourselves.

  3. I love Netanyahu also very much, but not because of his looks, instead because of his wisdom; and that is a gift from G-d to those who fear him. Most American Jews are only so by birth, not because they love or serve the G-d of Abraham, who is also our G-d by His universal mercy. Without seeking G-d we only are, or become soccer balls of Satan. May Father G-d continue to bless , protect, and even make victorious the apple of His eye. Kees Hoek

  4. This Poll – like all Poll's originating from radical progressive sources- is designed to blunt bad news (for them). The questions are so generic that you cannot answer them accurately. They new the outcome at the outset. If I had the time I could rip them to pieces. JStreet should be excommunicated from the Jewish religion (If that were possible)….

  5. This wonderful PM embodies what Golda Meir stated so long ago, to paraphrase: "the world respects us when we stand up for ourselves; nobody will cry for us if they read about us in the obituaries."

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