American Jewish Democrats are breaking with the Obama administration over its policies in Israel, according to the results of a survey designed by a former [political consultant] for president Bill Clinton.
The survey, initiated by pollster Dick Morris [pictured above], found that the majority of respondents - some 55% - said the president is "naive in thinking that the Palestinians would make peace" and that Palestinians "will just use the new land as a base to attack Israel like they did in Gaza."
[Only] 40% said they believe Obama is doing a good job in his effort to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The survey, conducted by Global Marketing Research Services is based on responses from 500 American Jews who voted for Obama.
"To me," [Morris] added, "this indicates that the jury is still out and that a backlash may yet develop against Obama's policies."
[But] David A. Harris, president of the National Jewish Democratic Council [said], "[w]e do not see any significant weakening of American Jewish support for this administration."
Mideast Peace Starts with Respect -Ronald S. Lauder
As the Obama administration outlines its own prospectus for a comprehensive settlement, it would do well to take note of some potential pitfalls.
The administration [should] take heed of the Palestinian Authority's continued refusal to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. A long-term settlement can only be forged on the basis of mutual recognition and respect. To deny the essence of the Zionist project - to rebuild the Jewish people's ancient homeland - is to call into question the seriousness of one's commitment to peace.
The core historic reason for the conflict is the Arab world's longstanding rejection of Israel's existence. The two-state solution was accepted by Israel's pre-state leadership in 1947 when it agreed to the partition plan contained in UN General Assembly Resolution 181. The Arabs flatly rejected it.
The recent rebuffs by Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia of efforts by the Obama administration to promote a more conciliatory attitude to Israel offer a salient reminder that those who started this conflict may not yet be in a mood to end it, whatever their rhetoric to the contrary.
The writer is president of the World Jewish Congress.
(Wall Street Journal)