Divide Between American and Israeli Jews: President Trump and his Policies

Looking back on a June 10, 2018 article by the Jewish Telegraph Agency, we can see polling data reflect a divide between Israeli and American Jews when it comes to approval of President Trump’s policies. Comparing a September 13, 2017 poll by the American Jewish Committee to a June 7, 2018 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows a slight American Jewish warming towards Trump’s policies; however, the political gap between the two largest centers of Jewish life remains. Part of this problem is an American-Jewish perception that anti-Semitism is on the rise in the US. Many American Jews view Trump’s connections to the so-called alt-right as a major catalyst to this phenomenon, some seeing his presidency as legitimizing white nationalist movements in America. Beyond domestic issues such as this rise of anti-Semitism, American Jewry is predominantly at odds with Trump when it comes to US policies on Israel and the peace process. Israelis, on the other hand, largely support trump in these areas. For example, Trump’s move of the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was supported by 85% of Israeli Jews, while only 47% of Jews in America favored it.

For further reading on the large distances between American Jews and Israeli Jews on issues of mutual importance, please see this February 2018 article for similar comparisons.

October 22, 2018