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Israeli Public Opinion Polls: Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry

The newly adopted Nation-State Law says that Israel will work to maintain the bond between the country and Diaspora Jewry and will also strive to preserve the Jewish cultural, historical, and religious heritage in the Diaspora. Some claim that this wording expresses Israel’s condescension toward Diaspora Jewry, as if they need its help on these matters. In your opinion, is this interpretation of the law right or not right?
              (Peace Index, July 2018)

  Israeli Jews
I'm sure it's right
12.6%
I think it's right
20.2%
I think it's not right
27.9%
I know it's not right
22.8%
Don't know/No answer 16.5%

American Jewish support of Israel is essential for the security of the State of Israel.
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

Strongly Agree
41%
Agree
40%
Don't Know
3%
Disagree
13%
Strongly Disagree 4%

A strong and thriving American Jewry is important for the future of Israel.
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

Strongly Agree
32%
Agree
42%
Don't Know
3%
Disagree
18%
Strongly Disagree 5%

To what extent do you feel that Jews in Israel and Jews in the United States share a common destiny?
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
30%
To Some Extent
45%
Don't Know
2%
Not Much
20%
Hardly at All 4%

To what extent does it seem to you that Jews in Israel and American Jews should be responsible for one another's welfare?
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
59%
To Some Extent
34%
Don't Know
2%
Not Much
4%
Hardly at All 1%

All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose Taglit, that brings young Jews to Israel?
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

Strongly Favor
60%
Favor
30%
No Opinion
4%
Oppose
5%
Strongly Oppose 2%

All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose government funding of young Israeli Jews to experience Jewish life in America?
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

Strongly Favor
24%
Favor
39%
No Opinion
8%
Oppose
20%
Strongly Oppose 9%

A Jew can lead a much more meaningful Jewish life in Israel than in the United States.
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

Strongly Agree
36%
Agree
29%
Don't Know
3%
Disagree
22%
Strongly Disagree 10%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to status of the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel?​​​​​​​
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
13%
To Some Extent
26%
Don't Know
6%
Not Much
23%
Hardly at All 32%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to regulation of how people pray at the Kotel?
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
15%
To Some Extent
25%
Don't Know
4%
Not Much
22%
Hardly at All 35%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to building settlements in the Territories?​​​​​​​
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
8%
To Some Extent
21%
Don't Know
4%
Not Much
27%
Hardly at All 40%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to regulation of conversion in Israel?​​​​​​​
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
15%
To Some Extent
27%
Don't Know
4%
Not Much
23%
Hardly at All 31%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to peace negotiations with the Palestinians?​​​​​​​
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
7%
To Some Extent
25%
Don't Know
4%
Not Much
27%
Hardly at All 37%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the views of Jewish leaders in the U.S. with respect to treatment of Israeli Arabs?​​​​​​​
              (UJA-Federation Survey of Israeli Jews, January 2018)

To a Great Extent
6%
To Some Extent
21%
Don't Know
4%
Not Much
28%
Hardly at All 41%

To what extent should the Israeli government take into account the implications of it's decisions on Disapora Jewry?
              (Mitvim Institute Israel Foreign Policy Index, November 2017)

  Total Jews Arabs
To a Large Extent
16%
18%
6%
To a Moderate Extent
35%
36%
18%
To a Small Extent
34%
36%
33%
Not at All
5%
3%
8%
No Answer/Don't Know 11% 7% 35%

Decisions by the Israeli government should consider the...
              (Jewish Media Summit/Israel Democracy Institute, June 2014)

Impact on Diaspora Jewry (Yes)
71%
Impact on Diaspora Jewry (No)
26%
Views of Diaspora Jewry (Yes)
51%
Views of Diaspora Jewry (No)
47%

Should the opinions of Diaspora Jews be taken into account regarding the Peace Process in Israel?
              (Jerusalem Post/Telesker, June 2013)

Should Not be Taken into Account
31.9%
Considered a Small Extent
33.6%
Considered to a Large Extent
21.6%
Considered to a Very Great Extent
9.4%

Should the State of Israel assist Jewish communities in economic, political, or anti-Semitic distress?
              (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Yes, I am Certain
61%
I Believe So
30%

Do you feel a connection to the Jews in the Diaspora?
              (New Wave for Yisrael Hayom, April 25, 2012)

Yes
82.7%
No
15.9%
Don't know
1.4%

Should the State of Israel assist Jewish communities in economic, political, or anti-Semitic distress?
              (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Yes, I am Certain
61%
I Believe So
30%

Do you believe political support (of Israel) by world Jewry is important?
              (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Very Important
67%
Somewhat Important
28%

Is economic support (of Israel) by world Jewry important?
         
    (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Very Important
53%
Somewhat Important
33%

Are Jews in Israel and world Jewry part of one people?
         
    (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Yes, I am Certain
30%
I Believe So
51%

How do you characterize the relationship between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jewry?
         
    (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Becoming Stronger
12%
Weakening
23%
Stable
56%

How Important is it that Jews from abroad visit Israel and young Israeli Jew visit Jewish communities abroad?
         
    (Jewish Agency, March 20, 2012)

Very Important that Young Diaspora Jews Visit Israel
78%
Somewhat Important that Young Diaspora Jews Visit Israel
18%
Very Important that Young Israelis Visit Jewish Communities Abroad
74%

Should the opinions of Diaspora Jewry be considered by the Israeli government when deciding on any border changes?
          
(Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications, June 2008)

Should be Considered
20.5%
Should Not be Considered
74.8%
No Answer
4.8%

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most important), how important is Israel's relationship with Diaspora Jewry?
          
(Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications, June 2007)

1
1%
2
2%
3
1%
4
0%
5
7%
6
2%
7
7%
8
19%
9
8%
10
55%
Average Score
8.6

Jews in the Diaspora have often publicly criticized the Government of Israel. Which statement best represents your view?
          
(Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications, June 2007)

Jews in the Diaspora have no right to publicly criticize the Government of Israel
54%
Jews who live in the Diaspora can publically criticize the Government of Israel because every Jew is a partner in Israel
40%
No Answer
6%