Nearly three-quarters of Israelis view the foreign media as being negative towards Israel, according to a recent poll revealed by Professor Avraham Tzion of Ariel University Center, located in Samaria. Speaking at the annual conference on media and communications held there, he said the survey also showed that 88 percent of the respondents cited anti-Semitism as the main reason for Israel's negative image.
The Palestinian Authority’s information campaign and poor public relations by the Israeli government were close behind as reasons for the bad image.
The poll of 500 Jews from all sectors of society also revealed that about two-thirds view foreign reports in Judea and Samaria as being unfair and unreasonable.
Left-wing groups, such as Peace Now and B’Tselem, were viewed as contributing to Israel’s negative image by 64 percent of the respondents, while residents of Judea and Samaria (“settlers”) and nationalists, known as the “right wing,” were blamed by 58 percent.
U.S. President Barack Obama ranked relatively low as being a cause of the negative impression, with half of the respondents blaming him.
A breakdown of the statistics disclosed that anti-Semitism was cited more often as the main reason for Israel's image problem among female respondents and people under the age of 35. Respondents who defined themselves as on the right side of the political spectrum were inclined to point the finger left-wing groups and President Obama, besides anti-Semitism.
Those on the left end of the spectrum blamed the government’s information campaign and “settlers” as the main negative influences.
One surprising result of the poll was that 18 percent of Israelis are not aware of the legal standing of Judea and Samaria.