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New Poll Shows 83% of Israelis Think Donald Trump will be a ‘Pro-Israel President’

Ruderman Family Foundation releases new poll that finds vast majority of Israelis see Trump as Pro-Israel, although 48% think there is no chance he can lead to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians

Jerusalem — A new poll conducted by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that an overwhelming 83% of Israelis envision President-elect Donald Trump as a ‘Pro-Israel president’.

The study polled 500 Israelis that when asked if President-elect Trump would be a Pro-Israel president, 83% responded with a yes, while 17% thought otherwise.

The poll, conducted by Dialog, asked Israelis a number of questions surrounding their views on the recent US Presidential election, its impact on Israel and if the anti-Semitic events that have occurred in the US since the election are troubling. The poll also revealed that 42% of those surveyed think there is ‘no chance’ that Trump will scrap the Iran Nuclear Agreement, only 3% think the President-elect will undoubtedly execute on his promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem; and 48% are concerned about the increase in anti-Semitic incidents which were reported in the US since the Trump victory on November 8.

"Our poll of Israelis regarding the new U.S. administration and its impending impact on Israel and American Jewry shows that Israelis are optimistic that President-elect Trump will be a friend of Israel while at the same time they are concerned about the growing incidents of anti Semitism in the United States and its impact on the American Jewish community,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on strengthening the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community. “Israelis have faith in a strong relationship between the United States and Israel, but are worried about the new reality for their fellow Jews in America.”

This will be the topic of conversation at the Knesset Caucus for Israel-US Relations, in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation, today, December 5, at 10:00 am that will discuss the American Jewish community in the new era of a Donald Trump administration. The gathering will host Jonathan Greenblatt, President of the ADL, Jane Eisner, Editor in Chief of the Forward; Gil Troy, Professor at McGill University and the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa; and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1st District) via video to discuss the implications for the American Jewish community and what it can look to over the next four years.


Majority of Israeli Jews Oppose Withdrawal to '67 Borders with Land Swaps; Large Majority of Israelis Favor Peace Referendum

Majority of Israeli Jews Oppose Withdrawal to '67 Borders with Land Swaps Even in Peace Deal with Demilitarized Palestinian State, End of Conflict
62% of Israeli Jews, 72% of Israeli Arabs Favor a Referendum for Peace Treaty Requiring Dismantling of Settlements
Israel Democracy Institute, With long-awaited, US-sponsored peace talks underway and the requirement for a public referendum in Israel on any peace deal being hotly debated, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and Tel Aviv University release the results of their latest monthly Peace Index poll.
Israelis were asked their opinion about peace negotiations.
• Prospects for Success of US-sponsored Peace Talks: 79% of Jewish Israelis think the new round of negotiations have a low chance of success of yielding a peace agreement, while 18% believe they have a high chance of succeeding. 41% of Arab Israelis think there is a low chance of success, and 47% believe there is a high chance.
• Sincerity of the Sides: 63% of Israeli Jews and 58% of Israeli Arabs believe the Israeli government is truly interested in returning to the negotiating table. 85% of Israeli Arabs believe that the Palestinian Authority is truly interested in returning to peace negotiations, but only 29% of Israeli Jews agree.
• Trust in Netanyahu on Security: 60% of Israeli Jews trust Netanyahu to conduct negotiations in a way that safeguards Israel's security, while 37% do not. 29% of Israeli Arabs trust him to do so, and 64% do not.
• Trust in Netanyahu's Ability to Finalize an Agreement: 48% of Jewish respondents trust Netanyahu to conduct negotiations in a way such that, to the extent that it depends on Israel, a peace agreement will be signed, while 47% do not trust him in this regard. 32% of Arab respondents trust Netanyahu in this regard, while 59% do not.
• Support for Concessions: Under the conditions of a permanent peace agreement with security arrangements, a demilitarized Palestinian state, international guarantees, and a Palestinian declaration of the end of conflict, 77% of Israeli Jews oppose recognition of the Palestinian "right of return" involving the return of a small number of refugees and financial compensation for the rest; 63% oppose withdrawal to the 1967 borders with land swaps; 58% oppose dismantling settlements while leaving Ariel, Maale Adumim, and the Gush Etzion bloc intact; and 50% oppose transferring Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority along with a special arrangement for the Holy Places.
• Coalition Politics
o Bayit Yehudi - Leave or Stay? 51% of Jewish Israelis do not believe that the Bayit Yehudi party headed by Naftali Bennett should immediately leave the coalition in order to not participate in a process which, if successful, will require dismantling settlements, while 33% believe they should. Among Bayit Yehudi voters, 49% are against quitting, and 46% are in favor.
o Labor - Join or Remain in Opposition? 48% of the Jewish public and 71% of the Arab public think the Labor party should immediately join the Netanyahu government in order to support the peace process from within, while 36% of the Jewish public and 9% of the Arab public think they should not.
Israelis were polled on their attitude towards a public referendum.
• The Need for a Referendum: 62% of Jewish Israelis and 72% of Arab Israelis believe that a referendum is necessary if a peace agreement is reached that includes a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and an evacuation of settlements, while 34% of Jewish Israelis and 20% of Arab Israelis believe there is no need and such a decision should be left to the the government and Knesset.
• Participation in a Referendum: 88% of Israeli Arabs and 46% of Israeli Jews think that all Israeli citizens should vote in such a referendum, while 4% of Israeli Arabs and 49% of Israeli Jews think that the vote should be limited to Jewish citizens only.
• Referendum Results: If a referendum were held today on a peace agreement including withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and an evacuation of settlements, 58% of Jewish respondents and 33% of Arab respondents believe the agreement would be rejected by the people; 29% of Jewish respondents and 58% of Arab respondents believe it would win a majority.

Israelis were asked their thoughts regarding the recent elections for the Chief Rabbi.
• Clean vs. Corrupt: 42% of Israeli Jews rate the elections for Chief Rabbi as corrupt, while 23% rate them as midway between clean and corrupt and 12% rate them as clean.
• Effect of Election Results on the Rabbinate: 31% of the Jewish public believe the results of the elections will have no effect on the status of the Chief Rabbinate, while 27% believe they will be weakened and 19% believe they will be strengthened.
This survey, conducted July 28 - 30, 2013, included 602 respondents who constitute a representative sample of the adult population of Israel. The measurement error for a sample of this size is 4.5%.
The full results of the Peace Index are available on IDI's Peace Index website. An infographic summarizing key points of this month's survey is available for use on the condition that it is used in full.

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