Survey: Large gap separates Israeli and US Jews on Trump, peace, Jerusalem

American and Israeli Jews are split on central issues such as Trump’s approach to Israel, the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and support for a two-state solution. 

By: World Israel News Staff

A profound gap exists between American Jews and Israelis regarding a list of issues central to the Jewish people, according to a survey released Sunday by the American Jewish Committee ahead of a major conference taking place in Jerusalem.

On the issue of US President Donald Trump’s handling of Israeli-US relations, 77% of Israeli Jews approve in comparison to only 44% of American Jews.

A majority, 57%, of US Jews, disapprove, while only 10% of Israelis do.

On the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there, 85% of Israeli Jews, compared with 46% of US Jews, support the decision, while 7% of Israelis and 47% of US Jews oppose it.

Peace process

Regarding the two-state solution in the current geopolitical situation, 48% of Israelis said they oppose a two-state solution through the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria. In contrast, 30% of US Jews oppose it.

At 51%, more US Jews favor a two-state solution, while 44% of Israelis favor it.

Looking ahead to prospects for peaceful coexistence between Israel and a Palestinian state, 42% of Israelis think the chances will decline over the next five years, 37% say they will stay the same and 13% say they will improve.

In contrast, 56% of US Jews say the chances will stay the same, 22% say they will decline and 18% they will improve.

Religious pluralism

Fully 80% of American Jews want Israel to give equal status to Orthodox and non-Orthodox rabbis as compared to 49% of Israelis, while 17% of US Jews and 45% of Israelis favor the status quo.

A majority of Israelis – 55% – support the introduction of civil marriage and divorce in their country while 40% oppose the change, but American Jews are even more supportive, with 81% saying they want the change and 13% against it.

A strong majority of American Jews—73%—favor providing a space near the Western Wall for mixed-gender prayer, with just 21% opposed. Israeli Jews, in contrast, are deeply divided over the issue, with 42% in favor and 48% opposed.

Dismantling settlements

Fifteen percent of American Jews and 4% of Israelis say that Israel should dismantle all the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. Forty-four percent of US Jews and 35% of Israelis say Israel should be willing to dismantle some of the settlements.

Thirty-five percent of US Jews and 54% of Israelis say Israel should not dismantle any of the settlements.

More than two-thirds of Israeli Jews, 68%, say it is inappropriate for American Jews to attempt to influence Israeli policy on such issues as national security and peace negotiations with the Palestinians, and 25% say it is appropriate.

A majority of US Jews, 53%, say it is appropriate and 43% say it is not.