What do Americans think of Israel now, following two years of a presidency primarily viewed as far more critical of Israel or anti-Israel than that of Donald Trump’s presidency?
In a new survey released on August 21 by the Pew Research Center, 55% of Americans reported having a positive view of Israel in 2022.
The research, based on polls taken in the Spring of 2022 and 2023, was created before the passage of the sole measure of the nation’s judicial reform.
The polling shows that over 60% of Americans over 50 have a positive opinion of Israel. Among those aged 30 to 49, however, only 49% expressed support for Israel. The percentage drops to 41% for those under 30.
The respondent’s opinion of Israel was highly correlated with their political leanings. 71% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican have a positive view of Israel, compared to 44% of Democrats and the Independents who slant Democrat.
The American public has a more positive impression of Israeli citizens (67%) than the government (48%).
According to the Anti-Defamation League’s most recent study from March, the number of hate crimes committed against Jews in New York rose to an all-time high in 2022.
New York had the largest number of antisemitic occurrences (580) in the US for 2022. This is up significantly from the previous year’s total of 416 instances and is more than double the number from ten years ago.
While on a business trip to Israel last week, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made a social media video. He went to Jerusalem first.
He intended to consult with government officials on anti-Semitism initiatives and learn more about Israeli technology. Wednesday, the mayor made his way to Tel Aviv.
On Thursday, he took a flight back to New York. The United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York (UJA) underwrote the trip. On Sunday morning, at Van Cortlandt Park, the Anti-Defamation League of New York of New Jersey hosted its yearly ‘Walk Against Hate.’