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Daybreak: Pew: Support for Israel High After Gaza

Plus a member of Satmar community gets indicted on attack on rabbi

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• A member of the Satmar community in Brooklyn has been indicted on charges stemming from his alleged attack on a rabbi earlier this month. Sources believe the rabbi was attacked for helping a sexual abuse victim come forward in the case against Nechemya Weberman, a local Satmar counselor. [JTA]

• A new Pew Poll shows that American support for Israel has not changed following the country’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. According to the poll, the American public is also extremely wary of intervening in the Syrian civil war. [Pew]

• Russian Premier Vladimir Putin says he sees “no reasons why” he shouldn’t sign a bill banning the American adoption of Russian children. [NYT/AP]

• Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the hospital in intensive care following persistent fevers. [WaPo]

• Columnist Ari Shavit writes compellingly on the amazing failure of the Israeli center-left to garner support ahead of the upcoming Israeli elections. [Haaretz]

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Binyamin says:

In reply to the Shavit article in Ha’aretz blaming it all on the Arabs:

How the Two-State Solution Was Actually Murdered:

Dagger No. 1 was Yitzak Rabin’s failure to embrace the essence of Oslo:
an independent Palestinian state.
Read his Oct. 5, 1995 speech to the Knesset explaining why Oslo would
NOT lead to a Palestinian state.

Dagger No. 2 was Ehud Barak’s failure to concede on the Temple Mount
issue at Camp David in 2000.

And Dagger No. 3 was Israel’s decision to commence the Second Intifada
with Arik Sharon’s infamous “walk on the Temple Mount.”

Add to that Dagger No. 4 — Israel’s refusal, even to this day, to
accept the Arab Peace Plan as a basis for negotiations.

Of course, the biggest dagger of them all is a quarter million new settlers since the “peace process” began.

    You are a clueless jerk. Everything you just said is a load of crap. It’s all you leftys have to explain why things happen. How about the Palestinians only want to kill Jews and really aren’t interested in creating their own state. The goal is to steal ours. Bet your name isn’t even Binyamin.

Binyamin says:

On the Pew poll showing continued strong support: what’s clear is that the support is increasingly concentrated among elderly, white evangelicals. A few quotes:

“There continue to be stark partisan differences in Middle East
sympathies. Conservative Republicans maintain strong support for Israel with
fully 75% saying they sympathize with Israel compared with just 2% who
sympathize with the Palestinians. By contrast, liberal Democrats are much more
divided: 33% sympathize more with Israel, 22% with the Palestinians.”

“Among religious groups, white evangelical Protestants remain strongly
supportive of Israel. Two-thirds (67%) say they sympathize more with Israel;
only 5% say they sympathize more with the Palestinians.”

“There also are age differences in Mideast sympathies. About four-in-ten
(38%) people younger than 30 sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians.
That is only slightly lower than the percentage of 30-49 year olds who
sympathize with Israel (46%). However, more than half of those 50 and older
(58%) sympathize with Israel more than the Palestinians. Age differences were
more modest in 2011 and 2010.”

This is a very positive trend.


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