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Topic: Israel Television Channel

Obama Gets Thumbs Down — Again — in Israel

How’s Obama doing in Israel? Well, about the same — rotten. The latest poll, this one from Shvakim Panorama for Israel Television Channel 1, found that only 21.8 percent support Obama’s call for a housing freeze in Jerusalem, while 71.6 percent oppose. As to who is responsible for the tension between the U.S. and Israel, Obama “wins” that one, with 58.6 percent. Only 16.2 percent blame Netanyahu, while 17.6 percent say both are responsible.

When asked “Is Obama interested in improving relations with the Arab states at the expense of Israel?” 60.9 percent said yes, while 26.5% said no. The poll numbers are even more compelling given that respondents were Israeli adults, which would include Israeli Arabs.

Well, if the Obami game plan was to tap into some new political sentiment in Israel or to topple Bibi’s government, they seem to have miscalculated. But that’s nothing new for this crowd.

How’s Obama doing in Israel? Well, about the same — rotten. The latest poll, this one from Shvakim Panorama for Israel Television Channel 1, found that only 21.8 percent support Obama’s call for a housing freeze in Jerusalem, while 71.6 percent oppose. As to who is responsible for the tension between the U.S. and Israel, Obama “wins” that one, with 58.6 percent. Only 16.2 percent blame Netanyahu, while 17.6 percent say both are responsible.

When asked “Is Obama interested in improving relations with the Arab states at the expense of Israel?” 60.9 percent said yes, while 26.5% said no. The poll numbers are even more compelling given that respondents were Israeli adults, which would include Israeli Arabs.

Well, if the Obami game plan was to tap into some new political sentiment in Israel or to topple Bibi’s government, they seem to have miscalculated. But that’s nothing new for this crowd.

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