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U.S. Jews Still Support Obama on Israel

But less than they do Netanyahu, and less than they did in November

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Obama at an AIPAC conference last year.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama’s Jewish support is slipping, according to the American Jewish Committee’s Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion. A poll conducted between August and September that canvassed 800 American Jews found that 51 percent disagree “with the Obama Administration’s call for a stop to all new Israeli settlement construction.” Moreover, more approve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Israeli-American relationship than they do of Obama’s handling of it, though a majority—54 percent—approve of Obama’s handling, too. (Only 32 percent disapprove.) Also, more American Jews support military action against Iran and are more pessimistic about the chances for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict than they are optimistic. Unsurprisingly, Orthodox Jews—about 9 percent of the survey respondents—were tougher on the president than Reform, Conservative, and other Jews.

Survey: Jews back Obama, by narrower margins [Politico]

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U.S. Jews Still Support Obama on Israel

But less than they do Netanyahu, and less than they did in November

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