Israelis reach clarity

On May 17, Israeli Jews predominantly saw President Obama as a friend of Israel, or at least non-hostile. 31% said Obama favored Israel, 40% said he was neutral, and only 14% said he favored the Palestinians. In just one month, he turned that around entirely. On June 19, only 6% thought Obama favored Israel, 36% said he was neutral, and 50% said he favored the Palestinians.

This stunning reversal apparently begat a damage control effort:

A much-cited Post poll published on June 19 that put the first figure at 6% had been cited by top officials in both the White House and the Prime Minister’s Office as the catalyst for recent American efforts to improve the American-Israeli relationship. But the new poll proves that those efforts have not improved Obama’s reputation among Israelis.

I’d be grateful to anyone who could point me toward those efforts, because I never heard anything. It doesn’t sound like the Israelis heard about them either, but Obama’s numbers have actually managed to slide further, depite having almost no room to slide.

Now just 4% see Obama as favoring Israel, in a poll that (as Allahpundit points out) has a margin of error of 4.5%. So Obama is now within the margin of error of zero (!), which has to be a historic achievement. Another 35% say Obama is neutral, while a majority say Obama favors the Palestinians.

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