37% of Israelis believe President Obama has a “positive” position toward Israel, and an equal number said he had a “negative” attitude, according to a Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies survey released on Tuesday. In 2012, 51% said Obama had “positive” attitudes toward Israel.
65% said America’s position in the Middle East has been weakened since 2009 when Obama took office.
At the same time, nearly 3/4 feel the U.S. is a loyal ally of Israel.
Yael Bloch-Elkon, who co-directed the poll, noted that “the Israeli public remains one of the most pro-American communities in the world.”
“Overwhelming majorities view the U.S. and Israel as having similar strategic interests in the Middle East, see the U.S. as Israel’s loyal ally, and as a friend that will come to Israel’s aid in times of trouble.”