March 23rd, 2010
08:42 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN poll: Israel a friend and ally

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Obama today."]
Washington (CNN) – With President Obama set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Tuesday afternoon, a new poll shows that most Americans consider Israel a friend or ally of the United States.

According to the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation released Tuesday morning, 41 percent of respondents consider Israel friendly to the United States but not an ally, while 39 percent characterize the Middle East nation an ally.

At the same time, 12 percent said they consider Israel unfriendly to the United States and 5 percent said Israel is an enemy.

Relations between the two countries have been strained by a dispute over the U.S. call for Israel to halt construction in largely Arab East Jerusalem. Israel recently announced plans to build 1,600 apartments on the disputed land.

U.S. officials argue that the decision damages efforts to move toward peace; Israel said similar construction has taken place through every administration and does not hurt Arab residents.

The CNN poll was conducted on March 19-21 through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: CNN poll • President Obama
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Brian L

    It's a too one sided relationship.... What is the USA getting from it? Recently nothing but embarrassment.

    March 23, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. russell

    People really need to stop paying taxes until the US withdraws any and all support to Israel...

    March 23, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Bob from Pittsburgh


    Israel has no intension of making a deal for peace, is clear by their actions of building on disputed land. They are quick to remind you of tragedies of the past, but fail to recognize their own failures.
    Obama is trying to set them straight, however they do control too much in the USA, making difficult for any politician to do the right thing without hurting themselves in the process, the Israeli money power is huge and makes things difficult for anybody to oppose them.

    March 23, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Keep Our Money

    Stop giving the 2 billion a year.

    March 23, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Agent Orange Boner gave Netanyahu a kiss on both cheeks this morning, something that is done in the Arab world. Hope he didn't create an international incident.

    March 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Dump Netanyahu

    I say let Israel fend for itself. They're not serious about peace. If they were they wouldn't have allowed Netanyahu to become PM again. He has the diplomatic skills of Dick Cheney, ie none at all. If he wants to stick his finger in the eye of the US we should see how long he lasts when we withdraw our support. There would be a feeding frenzy.

    March 23, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Randi L.

    It's high time we stopped giving Israel billions of American taxpayer dollars every year. We can't afford it, and Israel is playing us for fools. That nation has no intention of ever allowing a Palestinian State. Israel's criminal behavior toward the Palestinians and our support of Israel makes America less safe and the world less safe.

    March 23, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Larry

    Dumbest frickin poll I've ever seen.

    March 23, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Terry

    Israel is NOT a friend of the U.S. It merely takes our 3+ billion dollars in "aid" (it is a rich country and doesn't need it) while kicking desert sand in Uncles Sam's face whenever it can. Worst of all, it has nuclear weapons and the U.S. goes around wringing it s hands over whether or not Iran, Egypt, Syria, and others in the region have a right to acquire nuclear weapons to defend themselves against the Israeli threat!!! The nearsightedness of the American public is truly unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Wayne

    They better be our friend. We ALL send them $600 a year!

    March 23, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Brick

    This is a joke. Polls here at CNN and the liberals hate the Jews so your poll is bogus. We never had strained relations until Obama moved into the White House. Building apartments in joint territory is what Israel should be doing – thats Jerusalem. Israel moved out of the west bank in 2005 only to have Arabs come closer to shoot rockets. Obama wants a nanny state for Muslims but money has never helped them in the past.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. a little sad

    Israel is a friend only to itself.

    It uses it's relationship with the US and the ridiculous sums of money we send, and then stabs us in the back.

    I wish the Israeli good luck, but I do not want amy more US lives or dollars to be spent in the pursuit of Ben Gurion's concept of manifest destiny.

    March 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Dean

    Israel, England and Japan are the only friends and allies we have in this world. Review history for the last 50 years and see who has always backed us in our actions and also financially.

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Poll something we didn't know. Unless you're a complete a$$hat, you don't get rid of friends and allies just because they're behaving badly and offending work with them to try to change their behavior and help them see the light.

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. LacrosseMom

    No one polled me. CNN claims the "majority" disapproves of President Obama for the first time; and now this!

    I do not know whom CNN is polling, but its not the people I know!

    March 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. sensible Cape Coral FL

    If Israel is such a great friend, why do they insist on destroying any meaningful attempts at peace while still demanding that the U.S. broker such peace efforts?

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Bill

    First, I am not anti-semetic.

    Second, the only true friend that Israel has is Israel itself. No one can trust them to keep their word.

    Has anyone forgotten their spying on the US for our military secrets and their attack on our warship some years ago?

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. gpm

    They are not a friend to be trusted...they spy on the USA, e.g. Jonathan Pollard who is still in jail for what he did; they killed 27 US Navy sailors on the US Liberty and nothing was ever done; they steal our military ideas and we continue to give them billions every year.

    They are a friend whom you have to keep an eye upon...

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. PAT

    Just as the Muslims read their Koran ('without' disrespect from progressives) I read the Bible. ( I 'expect' instant hate). What is the difference in judgement? My "nationality".

    If I lived in the south and disagreed with' their' government control ideology, progressives would call me a 'red neck' thumping my Bible. Would a progressive EVER dare to call a Muslim.......anything? No. Because the progressive 'fears' having their throat slit during sleep, at their home. It's not a matter of wondering if there is 'one crazy' revenge seeking is 'obvious' the entire religion justifies 'retaliation'. I see no Muslims on the streets of London protesting the take over of England....nor the violence. Why even take a religion and force a country to accept it......when it was not BORN there.

    So now, openly speak, progressives. Tell us truthfully, you believe the Muslims should 'over take' Israel and all will be well. Tell us how the 'religion' of the world will be 'satisfied' and live in harmony forever with all , after Israel is gone. Is 'fear' keeping you from telling America the truth? While power is in hand....secrecy is a must?

    America is considered "little Israel" and was built by the Knights Templar/ FreeMasons. (yes, it's true: google Sinclair) We know the progressive theory (ie: Illuminati were kicked out of Europe for "share the wealth" ideology) The progressives are not about 'saving' America as it was created. The Illuminati would establish a "fundamental change". "Share The Wealth". Not one essay, did obama write in college praising America. But Russia?.....many.

    So historically, religion does play a part in our connections with Israel. If you chose to watch Israel burn, this country will be next.
    Judges have begun releasing 911 criminals and Hillary Clinton is requesting that ALL federal prisoners be re-instated to VOTE.
    The Van Jones project (FPI) works to take jobs and paychecks away from Americans and give it to the federal prisoners.

    If the Mayans – Hobies – IChing – Nostradomas and around 7 more *ancient people* from different eras and locations ALL had a vote and they ALL chose 2012 as the end year.............................then along comes obama?

    I choose God, the Bible and Israel.

    March 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. fed up

    Who needs friends and allies with folks like these? Don't cave in every time to Netanyahu and allies. They and their views and actions are a liability and their lobby in the US should think about the implications this has for the rest of the US policy in the wolrd.

    March 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Doyle Shippman

    Yes as Americans we do value and love Israel. We have stood by her from the beginning in 1948. However, too many Americans voted for that fool Obama who intends to give part of Jerusalem to HAMAS and he will keep trying to do that until his powers on this earth of over.

    March 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Charlie in New Mexico

    The way a question worded in a "poll" is designed to get the people who underwrite the "poll" the answers that they want to hear. If the question were properly worded, the answers could be interperted that the majority of Americans feel that the world is flat... For some reason the "results" of polls are published is if Americans will read them and say, "Well, if that is the way most other people think, I guess that I should think that way too. Baaaaaaa..... "

    March 23, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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