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Young Americans Turning Their Back on Israel

Pro-Israel figures insisted that the younger generation’s shift from a pro-Israel stand is nothing to panic about — yet.
Anti-Israeli protesters in Texas hold signs “They’re both the same," writ­ten next to pic­tures of Hitler, an equals sign, and Netanyahu.

Anti-Israeli protesters in Texas hold signs “They’re both the same," writ­ten next to pic­tures of Hitler, an equals sign, and Netanyahu.
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America’s younger generation that was born long after the pro-Israel enthusiasm fallout from the Six-Day War is far less enthusiastic about Israel than the older “baby boomers” and even thinks that Israel’s war against terror in Gaza was unjustified.

Media have reported that a Gallup Poll last month showed support for Israel, but a breakdown of the survey reveals that those between ages 18 and 29 criticized Israel by a 2-1 margin, The Hill reported.

Alec Tyson, a senior researcher with Pew, told The Hill that while the findings were “significant,” it was also important not to draw too sweeping a generalization from them. “He noted that when Americans were asked whether they had more overall sympathy for Israel or the Palestinians, Israel consistently comes out on top,” The Hill wrote..

But there is a drastic change in the numbers.

Tyson explained, “Young people are more sympathetic to Israel than the Palestinians by about two-to-one, rather than by about six-to-one among the oldest Americans.”

As recently as 2006, during the Second Lebanese War against Hezbollah, Americans in 18-29 bracket blamed Hezbollah more than Israel by a lopsided 3-1 margin, according to Pew poll cited by The Washington Post.

A Pew survey last month revealed that while Americans blamed Hamas for the violence in the war by a 40-19 percent margin, a plurality of those aged 18-29 blamed Israel.

“Israel has taken a PR battering in the current war,” Tevi Troy, who served as a liaison to the Jewish community for the administration of President George W. Bush, told The Hill. “There is a lot of anti-Israel propaganda.”

The report suggested that part of the change in opinion might be related to the phenomena of social media that has made information more immediate but also more opinionated, on all parts of the political spectrum.

Gory pictures of dead Arabs plastered all over the web during the war, even if some of the bodies were “borrowed” from Syria, Iran and previous wars against Israel, have had a far more powerful impact that photos of roofs of homes in Sderot damaged by rockets or even children taking cover from  an incoming missile attack.

The Hill also noted that older American remember the Yom Kippur and Six-Day wars, in which Israel was not branded as evil by the media outside of the Arab world.

The younger generation only knows Israel as a super-power and is easily pulled into the bleeding heart camp for Arabs who are promoted by UNRWA as “refugees” even though their permanent homeless status is a result of the United Nations’ singling them out as fourth and fifth-generation Arabs as refugees, a classification that is not made for anyone else in the world.

“Still, pro-Israel figures insisted that the shift among the young was nothing to panic about — yet,” The Hill concluded, along with the assumption – and it is just an assumption – by Troy that  “over the long run, America’s interests and Israel’s interests are aligned.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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21 Responses to “Young Americans Turning Their Back on Israel”

  1. That’s because of their lack of a proper Jewish education, they don’t know who they are.

  2. Richard Fox says:

    this is about as foolish a comment as i have seen in a very long time. proof, please? you have done the research? how does one make such an absurd claim? or what you are really saying is that any jew who does not fully and totally support israel cannot be a real jew…i would suggest that might include the many haredi groups in this category. those who are non zionist or even anti-zionist. is satmar ignorant of their jewish ness? or just shaven and modern jewish youth? i would love to see how you explain your answer…..

  3. any Jew who does not know and believe what the Torah says is easy to manipulate and deceive

  4. Sometimes the truth hurts, just look at what’s happening in America today, you are loosing more Jews today through intermarriage than were lost through the holocaust, you check out the figures. Liberal Reformed Judaism has created a new religion, it’s not Judaism.

  5. They go to Liberal colleges. Listen to their teachers. They haven’s a clue what is going on in the world..

  6. They put themselves first. They forget to put G-d first in their lives.

  7. People are being brainwashed by media.

  8. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER FROM GEORGIA U.S.A.

  9. Karen Bryant says:

    No they aren’t. The posters lie to boost their own agenda.

  10. I think young Americans are post-nationalist in general. If they have anti-American leanings, how can you expect them to have pro-Israel leanings. Borders, passports, etc. are “primitive” and “outdated” to them. Of course, there are some who are self-hating Jews as well, but I think, by and large, it is equal opportunity globalism (down with nationalities) at play….

  11. kuz it ain’t kool, dude…?

  12. Too much exposure to gentile society.

  13. How un American.. supporting the people of Gaza who danced in the streets as the Twin Towers fell. Have they forgotten 9/11, the Pentagon, the Boston bombings not to mention the poor people on the three planes that were hi-jacked. SHAME on YOU.

  14. I am a young American adult (not Jewish) and I will continue to stand with Israel even if no one else my age does.

  15. Paula Martin says:

    It’s not just Israel… Kids and young adults are becoming a “me” generation and are not taught that GOD comes FIRST and only gets what’s left of their time…

  16. They aren’t being taught the truth.

  17. Nancy Melson says:

    I hope it is not true.

  18. Nancy Melson says:

    People are not being told the truth. We can blame our news media.

  19. It’s called liberalism that has been taught in America’s public school system for years. It’s coming down from the liberal school of thought that has invaded our whole education process from kindergarten through college. Scary.

  20. G-d willing when we get a better govt they will shift back. What do you expect from Obama govt crowd

  21. Ina J Ina says:

    who cares for the leftis scam

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