July 6th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

As Obama and Netanyahu meet, U.S. view of Israel remains positive

Obama and Netanyahu in May

As President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington today, CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser notes that Americans' favorable opinion of Israel has held steady over the last year:

Opinion of Israel

Now: 67% favorable, 32% unfavorable

2009: 69% favorable, 30% unfavorable

Sampling error: +/-4% points

Israel has been heavily criticized by other countries for the May raid of a ship headed for Gaza that left nine dead.

The latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted on June 16.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Tellurian

    Obama should not be such a cowardly wimp. The USA should declare Israel to be a terrorist state that sends Israeli government agents into foreign countries to assassinate people, and sends Israeli government agents to commit piracy and murder against unarmed people in international waters. That is terrorism and should be recognized as terrorism The USA should treat Israel the same way we treat Cuba.

    July 8, 2010 at 3:09 am |
  2. HumanRights

    Its utterly despicable that the garden culture ideology of the Israeli government is allowed day after day, billions of dollars a year to continue exterminating the "weeds" at its borders. Its not a question of Antisemitism or an attack on the Jewish populace, it is, however a question of human rights. There is nothing more Antisemitic than Zionism for it places one group of people as supreme to, essentially the rest of the world–at the expense of American, British, etc tax dollars. It must be understood that Israeli war crimes are crimes against humanity–many Rabbi's agree with this. Its a shame that the Israeli government hides behind Judaism and calls any challenger Antisemitic because Judaism is a beautiful religion that condemns its daily activities. Thank God that there is an end to this life and Thank God that there is a day of judgment.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:49 am |
    • richard

      Funny how you leave out of your misinformed statements on Israel and human rights the total lack of human rights in most of the Arab states – no democracy, no women's rights, no gay rights, no freedom of the press etc etc. How one who claims to support human rights can align oneself with these types of countries and against Israel -the only free and open society and the only democracy in the entire middle east is mind boggling. Obviously you are willing to turn a blind eye to true oppression as long as it fits with your preferred global agenda- the hatred of Israel.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  3. rightmost

    Palestine belongs to the Palestinians and not to the Zionists who pushed the natives off it.
    The insertion of a Socialist, secular people into a traditional, religious one and making a state out of it reflects the colonialism of the West.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • Reality

      Actually, Palestine belongs to the Canaanites who occupied the land after the local Neaderthals disappeared.

      July 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  4. t=0

    Leave our President alone.

    July 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm |
    • adams

      every president gets criticism. it seems a bit naive to request he be left alone.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:23 am |
  5. Reality

    Israel's formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the koran and torah, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews was a wise decision. UN forces should control these walls.

    And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN no matter what Mr. Netanyahu says about the situation. Time to get tough with this guy and the Jewish and Islamic followers of mythical Abraham.

    July 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • richard

      Would you want Washington DC made into an international city controlled by the UN? Jerussalem has never in history been the capital of a soveriegn Arab country. Even when part of Jerusalem was controlled by Jordan from 1948 to 1967 it was not their capital. It was the ancient capital of the Jewish nation, the holiest city in Judaism, and it is the modern capital of lsrael and it shall remain so.

      July 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • Reality

      As noted previously, the Caananites are the original settlers of Palestine and that includes Jerusalem.

      Canaanite Period

      Ceramic evidence indicates the occupation of City of David, within present-day Jerusalem, as far back as the Copper Age (c. 4th millennium BCE),[5][30] with evidence of a permanent settlement during the early Bronze Age (c. 3000–2800 BCE).[30][31] The Execration Texts (c. 19th century BCE), which refer to a city called Roshlamem or Rosh-ramen[30] and the Amarna letters (c. 14th century BCE) may be the earliest mention of the city.[32][33] Some archaeologists, including Kathleen Kenyon, believe Jerusalem[34] as a city was founded by West Semitic people with organized settlements from around 2600 BCE.

      David (1040 BC to 970 BC), far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      July 9, 2010 at 12:12 am |
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