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Israelis Were Asked to Name the 'Worst' U.S. President for Israel of the Last 40 Years. Guess Who They Chose.

“One president stands head and shoulders above all others.”

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

More than 60 percent of Israeli Jews named President Barack Obama as the “worst” U.S. president for Israel in the past four decades, according to a new poll published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Columnist Shmuel Rosner, who contributed questions to the poll, reported that when those surveyed were asked to name the U.S. president from Jimmy Carter to the present who has been the “worst for Israel,” Obama scored “head and shoulders above all others”:

When it comes to the “best” President, Israelis hesitate, as they have more than one candidate for the top spot. But when they are asked about the “worst” there is no such hesitation. One President stands head and shoulders above all others: Obama – with 63% of Jewish Israelis choosing him. Carter comes at a distant second with 16%, and other presidents are barely mentioned (the Bushes with 4% and 3%, Reagan with 2%).

As to the “best for Israel” president, 37 percent of Jewish Israelis named Bill Clinton, 34 percent said George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan came in third at 8 percent.

Rosner noted that the outcome suggested that Israelis are not intrinsically biased toward Democrats or Republicans.

“Israelis don’t have a problem with the Democratic Party or with a Democratic president,” Rosner observed.

Read more results from the poll in the Jewish Journal.

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