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JC poll shows the clear majority

November 24, 2016 23:25

Assertions are regularly made about the political sympathies of British Jewry, both with regard to domestic politics and Israel. Until now, that is all they have ever been — assertions. Our poll this week is the first time that a reliable snapshot of political opinion has ever been possible, thanks to the JC’s new polling database with Survation.

And it shows that, of those who expressed an opinion, an overwhelming two thirds would, if they had a vote in Tuesday’s Israeli election, vote for Likud. Even including “don’t knows”, over 41 per cent say they want Mr Netanyahu to stay as PM, and only 18 per cent favour Isaac Herzog. That is as clear-cut a statement of opinion as one could imagine. It has many implications, not least in destroying the always ludicrous idea that there is some sort of silent majority among British Jews that opposes Israel. This poll shows that to be utter nonsense.

We now know that the mainstream view of the community is broadly supportive of Mr Netanyahu, which itself destroys the idea beloved of some on the left that they speak for the majority of the community. The facts show otherwise.

November 24, 2016 23:25

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