|9. In the current situation, do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?|
Yup, you got it, 55% oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state and only 38% are in favor. This puts Netanyahu squarely in the mainstream, as he has endorsed a two state solution, just not now and not without security guarantees.
|10. Do you approve or disapprove of Palestinian efforts to unilaterally seek recognition of statehood without reaching an agreement with Israel?|
In other words, 88% of American Jews are in agreement with Netanyahu on this one.
|In the framework of a permanent peace with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to compromise on the status of Jerusalem as a united city under Israeli jurisdiction?|
Look at that, 59% of American Jews believe there should not be any compromise on dividing Jerusalem, as does Netanyahu.
|12. As part of a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to dismantle all, some, or none of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?|
What this means is that only 8% of American Jews believe in going back to the pre-1967 borders, which is a Palestinian demand for the re-opening of talks and something essentially favored by Obama. Note that 39% don't believe in dismantling any settlements at all. Any if you look at a map of settlements in the West Bank, this means 39% believe Israel shouldn't give up much more land than they have already. So 90% of American Jews are either in agreement or to the right of Netanyahu, who has agreed to the dismantling of some settlements.
|13. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "The goal of the Arabs is not the return of occupied territories but rather the destruction of Israel."|
So if 76% believe the ultimate goal is the ultimate destruction of Israel then any delays coming from the Israeli side is exactly what the American Jewish mainstream would want.
|15. Should the Palestinians be required or not be required to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in a final peace agreement?|
As we know, Netanyahu has been hammering away at the Jewish state recognition issue and while some have tried to paint this demand as illegitimate, it is clearly viewed as necessary by an overwhelming percentage of Jews. And I never thought you could get 96% of Jews to agree on anything!
While some will say that a poll of American Jews doesn't mean anything, I have this to say. Left wing attempts to paint Netanyahu as an extremist may actually cost the Democrats votes as by vilifying some of Netantyahu's positions will, in effect, vilify mainstream Jewish positions, as this survey shows. Also, while this is anecdotal, my Israeli dyed in the wool Labour-voting mother-in-law, loved Netanyahu's speech before the UN, calling it "wonderful". Netanyahu really seems to represent the Jewish people as a whole and is doing a remarkable job in eloquently voicing our concerns on a world stage. Whether anyone is going to listen is another matter, but it's never been easy being a Jew.