By Sarah Breger
A majority of American Jews approve of both Obama’s and Netanyahu’s handling of US-Israel relations but do not agree with Obama’s call for a settlement freeze, according to a recent poll.
The American Jewish Committee’s 2009 Annual Survey of Jewish Opinion found that 70 percent of those surveyed called U.S.-Israel relations “somewhat positive,” while 11 percent called them “very positive.” However 51 percent disagreed with the Obama Administration’s call for a stop to all new Israeli settlement construction while 41 percent agreed. (This may be a sign of a shift in American Jewish opinion as Obama received 78 percent of the Jewish vote last November.)
Notably, a majority of American Jews would support a U.S. military strike on Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. Fifty-six percent of American Jews would support the strike (which is an increase of 14 percentage points from last year) and 66 percent of respondents said they would back an Israeli strike on Iran.