Israelis Still Love Obama: Poll
Most still see him as fair, friendly despite diplomatic row
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 19, 2010 3:46 PM CDT
Then-candidate Barack Obama greets well-wishers as he arrives in Sderot, Israel, Wednesday, July 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – The recent diplomatic kerfluffle over East Jerusalem hasn’t hurt President Obama at all with Israelis; in a new Haaretz-Dialog poll, a “sweeping majority” say they still believe he is “fair and friendly” to Israel. Most don’t believe politicians who try to paint Obama as anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, or anti-Benjamin Netanyahu. The poll was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, amid the media hubbub over the construction fight.

But the issue seemed to have little effect on either Obama or Netanyahu—though most say they think the PM has handled the situation badly, his overall approval numbers have remained constant. Almost half of poll respondents say Israel should continue with its building plan, despite US objections, while 41% say the country should yield to US and Palestinian demands and halt construction.

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Mar 21, 2010 4:19 PM CDT
"Beware of smiling man with knife held behind back" __ Old American Indian saying.....
Mar 20, 2010 9:57 PM CDT
Jews have a habit of loving people who send them billions of dollars with no strings attached. They're funny that way !!!! It's a lot smoother than dreaming up global fraud scams and ruining entire countries for a few bucks.
Mar 20, 2010 1:09 AM CDT
"Israelis Still Love Obama: Poll" That's 'cause their all muslims like him! Wait...