6% of Israeli readers might think The Dish is “pro-Israel,” but does that mean they LIKE it? — correction, please

I think he’s repeated it several times, and now twice in relation to Chait:

Across the world, opinion of Obama, for example, is pretty high. In Israel? It has been as low as 6 percent. Does Chait think this is the same old Israel? Just because Obama wanted to reach out to the Muslim world in Cairo and wanted a freeze on settlements? Why is Israel such an outlier?

Andrew seems to have been partly misled by the poor title of the blog post he’s linking to. It’s also a false claim that has been spread by conservative websites, which are then gleefully linked to by liberal ones.

The poll gives data on how many Israelis think Obama is “pro-Israel,” not his approval/favorablity rating.  I don’t see why a person can’t think Obama is “not pro-Israel” while viewing him not as a threat to the Jewish state, or not as somebody who doesn’t affirm some interests of the Jewish state.

Does everyone have to like every aspect of, or be reverential to, the hockey dad‘s kid?

In fact, in December, Israelis gave Obama a majority-positive favorability rating, in a poll commissioned by the progressive New America Foundation:

Overall, Obama has a 41 percent favorable / 37 percent unfavorable rating among Israelis, which is notably stronger [approval] than opinion toward the Israeli Defense and Foreign Ministers.

So Israel is not “such an outlier,” as The Dish said, statistically or otherwise. How could these numbers provide the statistical proof Andrew wants that a nation is becoming “increasingly far right and fundamentalist”?

There’s something The Dish wants to overlook in bringing up a false picture of I-like-you scores: Whatever the scores are, how is not liking Obama is an excellent measure of how right-wing you are? In the U.S., it could be a reflection of whether you’re more Left than Obama, or whether you still like Hillary, or any number of things. And fundamentally, it’s inappropriate — and ethnocentric, I guess — to map reactions to your political icon in your country onto another country, as if they share the same domestic concerns.

This is supposed to be evidence for Sullivan’s open-mindedness and good-faith commitment to critical thinking on Israel issues?


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  1. […] that ignores most of Chait’s criticisms, and the responsibility to make an important factual correction. Instead, Andrew tries to keep the focus on Wieseltier’s original piece, and cavils and […]

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