Fewer Israelis see Obama as pro-Palestinian: Poll
JERUSALEM - Agence France-Presse
Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) toasts US President Barack Obama after presenting him with the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the highest civilian honor in Israel, during an official State Dinner at the President's residence in Jerusalem, March 21, 2013, on the second day of Obama's 3-day trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories. AFP PhotoFewer Israelis see US President Barack Obama as pro-Palestinian since his landmark visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank last week, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.
The poll carried by the English-language Jerusalem Post found that just 16 percent of respondents said Obama was "pro-Palestinian" against 36 percent before the March 20 to 22 visit.
The proportion who said he was "pro-Israeli" rose only slightly from 26 percent to 27 percent but the proportion who said he was "neutral" climbed sharply from 26 percent to 39 percent.
On his first visit to Israel as president, Obama pledged an "eternal" alliance with the Jewish state in the face of the threat from Iran and made a visible effort to turn a new page in his personal relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which has been marred by several public spats.
The poll was carried out among a representative sample of 500 Israelis, both Jews and Arabs, and the pollsters gave a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.