Poll: Trump’s popularity sinks among Israeli Jews
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Poll: Trump’s popularity sinks among Israeli Jews

Percentage who think president is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian drops from 79% to 56% as he seems to backtrack on embassy, Jerusalem pledges

A poster welcoming US President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Israel seen in Jerusalem on May 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A poster welcoming US President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Israel seen in Jerusalem on May 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A poll in Israel about US President Donald Trump suggested his popularity among Jews there has declined since he first took office.

In the poll of 500 Jewish-Israeli adults conducted this week for The Jerusalem Post, 56 percent said they considered the Trump administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian. In January, 79 percent of respondents in a similar poll had said this about Trump, who is scheduled to visit Israel on Monday as part of his first presidential trip abroad.

The latest poll, whose results were published Thursday, found that 4 percent consider the administration to be more pro-Palestinian, rising from 3 percent in the January survey.

Those who deemed the administration to be neutral doubled to 21 percent, compared to 10 percent in January. Nineteen percent of respondents did not know, up from 8 percent.

The poll, which was conducted by the Smith Research agency, had a margin of error of about 4.5 percent.

US President Donald Trump, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
US President Donald Trump, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on February 15, 2017. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

In recent weeks, supporters of Israel who back Trump have expressed frustration with several issues connected to the president’s visit, as well as a lack of clarity on whether he intended to follow through on statements he made during the campaign saying he would move the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The American team planning Trump’s visit reportedly said they do not wish to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu join the president during a visit to the Western Wall. Trump told an Israeli newspaper this week that having Netanyahu join him at the wall was still a possibility.

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