Poll: Israelis back assisting Diaspora amid pandemic, but split on offering cash

Most Israelis believe the Jewish state should offer assistance to Jewish communities worldwide to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.

The poll finds that while a large majority (85%) believe Israel should offer emergency training and know-how to communities, 63% said it should offer medical equipment and food aid, while 49% said Israel should give money to Jewish institutions such as schools and synagogues (47% opposed).

The survey of 505 adults, with a margin of error of 4.5%, is commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation.

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the Jewish world, it is heartwarming to see the support of the Israeli public towards Jewish communities around the world,” says Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “Israel has come a long way understanding its role towards the American Jewish community, and this crisis provides an opportunity to further strengthen the important relationship between the sides.”