Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thank Instapundit for this link

According to David Frum in The Week, And while extreme hostility to Israel does not exist among Republicans, almost one in 10 Democrats describes Israel as an “enemy of the United States.”

Oddly enough, the Rasmussen poll he links to says, While 75% of Republicans say Israel is an ally of the United States, just 55% of Democrats agree. Seven percent (7%) of Democrats say Israel is an enemy of America, but only one percent (1%) of Republicans say the same. For 21% of Republicans, Israel is somewhere in between, and 28% of Democrats agree.

Has anyone fact checked his book on President Bush yet? I've been listening to so much criticism of the media I'm worried about his newspaper columns too.


Rchard.M - The Real Rebel said...

I never believe polls, even when the margin of error is small.

I can see while Israel would be a enemy of the US, they've basically stopped listening to Washington, but in reality Israel and the US are probably still good friends at the moment.

I don't know if this will change under Obama, but Hamas are the ones in breach of the Geneva Convention.

OMYWORD! said...

I agree with The Real Rebel about polls. I was in marketing for years, and if you word your questions right, you get the results you want, which isn't always the truth.

I think that the question of Israel is too nuanced to have a discussion around whether or not Israel is an ally or an enemy of the US. This is typical black and white baloney. Life isn't that simple. Those who understand the nuance of the situation, probably dislike the Likud party in Israel, because that party prefers aggression over negotiation.

Those who are against war and aggression as a solution to the Israeli/Palestinian problems don't dislike Israel as a whole, the Israeli people in general, nor do they think Israel is our "enemy." That was an absurd question from the very start.

David said...

I'll drink to that. And all the conservatives who keep saying how wonderful this attack is aren't really in tune with the Isreali public. They need to stop the shelling, but they know it will cost them in the long term, when American conservatives have forgotten the whole thing.