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.
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%).
New numbers just in: How bad do Israelis think Obama is? As bad as a US President can get http://t.co/6MrhyqyNOF— Shmuel Rosner (@rosnersdomain) April 28, 2015
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.