On Erev Shabbos, we posted about an interview with Tom Friedman by Israel’s Channel 2 television in which Friedman claimed that many Americans are fed up with Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office blasted back on Motzoei Shabbos.
The Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Saturday night in response to Friedman’s assertion that many Americans are becoming “fed up” with Israel, saying that in “complete contrast” to what Friedman said, “American public support for Israel is today almost at record highs.”
Friedman said that while the American public was by no means anti-Israel, they no longer care about the Israeli-Arab conflict and this could eventually hurt Israel’s national security, as the US is Israel’s only friend.
Two recent polls, however, one commissioned by the American Jewish Committee and one by the Emergency Committee for Israel, found support for Israel running high, with the later poll showing that – on the eve of the November midterm elections – 53 percent of Americans said they would be more likely to vote for a pro-Israel candidate, and 54% saying that if they agreed with a candidate on most other issues, they could not vote for him if he were “anti-Israel.”