Poll: Jewish Israelis feel world is ganging up on Israel

Most Jewish Israelis believe the state currently has poor relations with the rest of the world, a poll published Monday shows, following the intensification of calls to boycott Israel, and the local media’s increased attention to the subject.

According to a survey conducted June 1 to 4 by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, 69 percent of Jewish Israelis regard the state’s relations with the countries of the world as “not good” or “not so good.” The study says this response reflects the Jewish public’s awareness “of the deterioration that has occurred in Israel’s international status. This awareness seemingly stems from the intensification of voices calling to boycott Israel and its institutions.”

Among Arab-Israeli respondents a reverse majority of 58 percent characterized these relations as “very good” or “moderately good.” “This may accord with, or even stem from, the widespread view in the Palestinian street that despite the criticism of Israel, ultimately the countries of the world accept its policy as evidenced by the fact that they do not act against it even when this is possible,” the study says.

A large majority of Jewish Israelis, 71 percent, agreed with the assertion that “the countries of the world make demands on Israel for moral behavior that they do not make on other countries that are in situations of conflict.”

The study also showed that a large majority of Jewish Israelis oppose a consumer boycott of the settlements. Seventy-nine percent said that were such a boycott organized in Israel, they would buy goods originating in the settlements regardless. Arab Israelis felt differently. A 59-percent majority of the Arab respondents said they would abide by a consumer settlement boycott, were one organized.

Jewish Israelis believe Netanyahu has harmed Israel’s ability to manage diplomatic affairs by keeping the Foreign Ministry for himself and distributing a considerable part of the powers that previously belonged to the ministry to other ministers. Sixty-two percent of respondents said this decision would not be beneficial to Israel’s ability to manage its diplomatic affairs and foreign relations.

In general, 58 percent of Israelis – both Jewish and Arab – are unsatisfied with the distribution of cabinet posts in the new government.

The Peace Index for May was conducted by the Midgam Research Institute, which surveyed 600 respondents who constitute a representative national sample of the adult population of Israel aged 18 and over. The survey has a maximum measurement error of ±4.1 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.660430

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