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May 24, 2011

CAMERA/Luntz Poll: American Jewish Support for Israel is Strong

A new poll commissioned by CAMERA and conducted Frank Luntz Global shows strong Jewish American backing for Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports:

A new poll of the American Jewish community finds deep and ongoing support for Israel, contradicting recent speculation that American Jews were becoming disaffected with the Jewish state.

The poll of over 1,000 American Jews, conducted on May 16 and 17 by Frank Luntz of Frank Luntz Global, on behalf of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, shows commitment to Israel and its right to self-defense, and fear for its security.

CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin said that there had been no recent polling on the issue and that her organization wanted to get data and examine whether or not support for Israel within the Jewish community was declining or not.

"There's been lots of talk about fraying of support ­ the J Street phenomenon, Peter Beinart and others have suggested that there's a drift and there is lots of talk about new ways to criticize Israel, and that there's a component of the community greatly disaffected," Levin said. "We were very happy to see empirically how strong the support is." Ninety-four percent of respondents said that if Israel "no longer existed tomorrow," they would feel that was a tragedy, with nearly one in four saying they would consider such an event to be the "biggest tragedy of my lifetime." Eighty-five percent said that Israel is "right to take threats to its existence seriously," and that Israel's concerns are not irrational or overstated.

"Some news media accounts have tended to amplify a vocal fringe in the American Jewish community that espouses extreme views and politics far out of the mainstream," Levin said. "This poll clarifies what American Jews actually feel and believe." Levin said "the overwhelming majority of American Jews" are aware of threats to Israel, protective of Israel and strongly opposed to boycotts against the Jewish state.

Posted by TS at May 24, 2011 03:00 AM


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