LONDON (CBS DC) – As Secretary of State John Kerry tries to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the United States, there are signs the Israelis no longer see the United States as a trusted ally.
Israeli leaders accused Kerry of taking the side of the Palestinians after he hinted at international sanctions should Israel balk on a deal.
70 percent of Israeli Jews no longer believe the Obama administration can be relied on to support Israel, according to a poll published in the Jerusalem Post.
The Geocartography Institute asked 500 Israeli Jews if they trust the US under President Barack Obama to maintain Israel’s interests; 23% said definitely no, 25 percent said no, 22 percent said not completely, 17 percent said yes, 8 percent said definitely yes and 5 percent had no opinion.
Asked if they agree that Kerry is favoring the Palestinians, 67 percent said yes and only 32 percent said no. Of those who answered yes, 13 percent said Israeli officials should be careful not to publicly criticize the U.S.
Two-thirds of the respondents said they are concerned about Kerry’s threat of a boycott.
The poll has a 4.2 percent margin of error.
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