Israeli support for Trump surges after Jerusalem recognition

Overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews feel US president is pro-Israel, just 1% say he is pro-Palestinian Authority.

David Rosenberg,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Reuters

Support for President Donald Trump among Jewish Israelis soared following his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital last Wednesday.

According to a poll conducted by the Smith Research company on behalf of The Jerusalem Post, more than three-quarters (76%) of Israelis believe the Trump administration is solidly pro-Israel. A mere 2% believe the Trump White House favors the Palestinian Authority, with 14% believing the administration is neutral, and 8% who have no opinion.

The poll, which was conducted on Wednesday and released Thursday evening, shows that among Israeli Jews, a full 77% believe Trump to be pro-Israel, with just 1% of Israeli Jews responding that the president is more pro-Palestinian. Fifteen percent say the president is neutral, while 7% had no opinion.

Israeli Arabs were slightly less inclined to see the Trump administration as pro-Israel, though a large majority (69%) view it as such.

By contrast, few Israelis viewed President Trump’s predecessor as being staunchly pro-Israel.

Just four percent of respondents told the Smith Research company eight years ago that they believed President Obama was more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian.

Israelis are more divided, however, on whether Trump’s announcement last week would promote a final status agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, with one-third of Jews saying the move will make a final status deal more difficult, 23% saying it will make it more achievable, and 36% saying it will have no effect at all.








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