2005 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion - Israel (3/7)

B. ISRAEL
 
4. How close do you feel to Israel?

  

     Very close

36

     Fairly close

41

     Fairly distant

18

     Very distant

5

     Not sure

1

 

5. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "Caring about Israel is a very important part of my being a Jew."

  

     Agree

79

     Disagree

19

     Not sure

1

 

6. Have you ever been to Israel?

  

     No

59

     Yes-once

20

     Yes-more than once

20

 

6a. (IF "NO" TO QUESTION 6) Why have you never been to Israel?

  

     Personal safety concerns

20

     Lack of interest

18

     Travel costs

49

     Hostility to Israel

2

     Not sure

11

 

7. How would you characterize relations between Israel and the United States today? Are they very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative?

  

     Very positive

21

     Somewhat positive

65

     Somewhat negative

12

     Very negative

1

     Not sure

1

 

8. As compared with one year ago, are you now more optimistic about the chance for a lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs, less optimistic, or do you think the chance for a lasting peace is about the same as it was one year ago?

  

     More optimistic now

21

     Less optimistic now

19

     Same as one year ago

59

     Not sure

1

 

9. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "The goal of the Arabs is not the return of occupied territories but rather the destruction of Israel."

  

     Agree

78

     Disagree

18
      Not sure

5

 
10. To what extent do each of the following Arab leaders support of oppose peace with Israel?
 

a. President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

 

Strongly Support

12

Somewhat Support

48

Somewhat Oppose

19

Strongly Oppose

9

Not Sure

12

 

 

b. President Bashar  Assad of  Syria

 

Strongly Support

1

Somewhat Support

10

Somewhat Oppose

22

Strongly Oppose

51

Not Sure

17

 

 

c. King Abdullah of Jordan

 

Strongly Support

21

Somewhat Support

42

Somewhat Oppose

18

Strongly Oppose

10

Not Sure

11

 

 

d. Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas

 

Strongly Support

5

Somewhat Support

29

Somewhat Oppose

26

Strongly Oppose

28

Not Sure

13

11. Do you support or oppose the Israeli government's current handling of relations with the Palestinian Authority?   

     Support

67

     Oppose

26

     Not Sure

7

12. Do you support or oppose the Israeli government's decision to build the security fence separating Israelis and Palestinians?

  

     Support

73

     Oppose

24

     Not Sure

3

13. In the current situation, do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?

  

     Favor

56

     Oppose

38

     Not Sure

6

 

14. In the framework of a permanent peace with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to compromise on the status of Jerusalem as a united city under Israeli jurisdiction?

  

     Yes

36

     No

60

     Not Sure

5

15. As part of a permanent settlement with the Palestinians, should Israel be willing to dismantle all, some, or none of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank?

  

     All

15

     Some

46

     None

36

     Not sure

3


2005 Survey results:

Introduction
A. War on Terrorism and Iraq
B. Israel
C. World Affairs
D. National Affairs
E. Jewish Identity
F. Anti-Semitism

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Date: 12/20/2005
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