A public-opinion survey by the American Jewish Committee shows American Jews and Israelis way out of synch with each other on the major issues of the day – especially the policies of President Trump.
Israelis love Trump. American Jews, not so much.
The survey showed 77 percent of Israelis approved of the president’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, while only 34 percent of American Jews did. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. Jews disapproved, while only 10 percent of Israelis did.
When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocated the American Embassy there, 85 percent of Israelis approved, while only 46 percent of American Jews did.
The poll surveyed 1,000 Israelis and Americans and had a margin of error of 3.1 and 3.9 percent, respectively.
The survey was released ahead of the opening of the AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address later Sunday.
Netanyahu has forged a close bond with Trump, and their policies toward the Palestinian Arabs have strong support in Israel and among its Republican backers in the U.S. But most American Jews are Democrats who are highly critical of Trump and Netanyahu. Experts have been warning for years that the two communities are drifting in opposite directions politically, undermining the kinship between the two groups, which make up the vast majority of Jews in the world.
The poll showed 59 percent of Americans favoring the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel but only 44 percent of Israelis supporting the idea.
On one of the most contentious issues, regarding a mixed-gender prayer area next to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, 73 percent of American Jews express support, compared to just 42 percent of Israelis.