Commentary Magazine


Israel’s Image by the Numbers

This is what it looks like when a propaganda campaign seizes the public imagination:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters think Israel should be required to stop those settlements as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of voters disagree and believe Israel should not be required to stop building those settlements. Another 29% are not sure.

Can there be any doubt where those undecideds are heading? And look at this drop — in only six months — in those who think Israel a U.S. ally.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters now say Israel is an ally of the United States, while two percent (2%) view the Jewish state as an enemy. For 32%, the country is somewhere in between the two. In a separate survey in August of last year, 70% of Americans rated Israel as a U.S. ally.

The only reliable upshot of all Obama’s Israel-scolding is the broad reinforcement of an unexamined narrative that paints Israel as malicious and untrustworthy.