Jo-Ann Mort has details from a week-end poll of Israeli views of Obama, the settlements and the larger Israel-Palestine question. Jo-Ann’s take is a little different from mine. I think she’s reading the numbers as showing a bit more support for Obama’s stance than I do. But broadly speaking, these numbers show that Israelis are far from clearly opposed to Obama’s stance. In fact, on key questions, they support Obama’s take substantially more than they support their own Prime Minister.
The upshot is that many Israelis disagree with Obama’s policies. But they’re also worried about Netanyahu’s inability to manage the releationship with the US. On the key question, a bare majority support a freeze on settlements.
Late Update: Jo-Ann has some important follow up on this issue, in part in response to my comments above.
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