Gallup survey has us on top, Iran and PA on bottom
A recent Gallup poll ranked Israel 5th among countries viewed most favorably by Americans. Canada ranked in 1st place, followed by Britain, Germany and Japan. In last place was Iran with only 10% of Americans viewing it favorably, preceded by Afghanistan (18%) and the Palestine Authority (21%). The poll is interesting given that many Jewish opponents of US President Obama claimed that his Presidency would fuel anti-Israel sentiment, yet “Most countries’ favorability ratings … were essentially unchanged during the first year of the Obama administration, Gallup said.” So the question is, what does this mean? Does it mean that having Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli on the cover of Sports Illustrated is the best PR Israel can ever have? Does it mean that there are many Americans who will continue to view Israel favorably regardless of the situation? Keep in mind, this survey, conducted in February, happened after the Gaza war and after the Goldstone Report. I don’t have the answers but I think that it’s obvious that the image of Israel in the US is clearly not as bad as some would have you believe and that I welcome any opportunity to post photos of Bar Refaeli.