B’nai B’rith World Center Seventh Annual Survey on Contemporary Israeli
Attitudes Toward Diaspora Jewry
In cooperation with: Survey Methodology
• 507 Respondents – Jewish population – Over 18 years of age
• + / - 4.5% margin of error
• National, representative sample
• Internet panel
• Data collected on June 20, 2012
In light of the recent global economic situation, there are some Diaspora
Jewish communities that are struggling to provide basic services like
education, healthcare, and food to their members. Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE
your tax money being used to help members of Diaspora Jewry during this
Don't know 11% Oppose 43% Support 46%
In recent years, the Israeli government has provided financial support for
programs such as "Masa" and "Birthright" that have brought thousands of
young Diaspora Jews to Israel for educational purposes. For most this was
their first visit to Israel. Do you support or oppose your tax money being
used to support these programs?
Support 80% [23% Strongly Support]
Don't know 5%
Do you think the United States has PROMOTED or IMPEDED progress in the Peace
Process over the last few years?
Don't know 33%
Promoted 33% [1% “Considerably Promoted" + 32% “Somewhat Promoted”]
Impeded 34% [8% “Considerably Impeded” + 26 % “Somewhat Impeded“]
While Israel is many things to many people, what, in your opinion Israel
should strive MOST to be:
Liberal Democratic State 16%
Jewish Democratic State 52%
Democratic State 13%
Jewish State 16%
If you are subscribed to HOT or YES: Would you want to include in your HOT
or YES subscription a channel dedicated to programs about the Diaspora and
Not Subscribed 25%
Interested 33% [85% of these would pay extra]
NOT Interested 42%
Reports indicate that there is a rise in violent acts against Jews in
Europe, such as the murders in a Jewish school in Toulouse, a brutal attack
of Jews near Lyon, glorification of Holocaust-era fascist leaders in
Hungary, etc. What do you think the Israeli government should do to MOST
help these communities?
Train members of the local Jewish community in self-defense tactics 7%
Contact local Governments to insure they provide better protection 38%
Encourage Aliya 51%
Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE the creation of a “Jewish Parliament” - a new
statutory body located in Israel that would represent the Jewish people in
Don't know 21%
A member of the French Parliament was just elected for the first time to
represent French citizens in Israel and other countries in the region, in
addition to ten other members of Parliament who will represent French
citizens in other geographic regions of the world in Parliament. Do you
SUPPORT or OPPOSE instituting a similar system in the Knesset whereby a few
Knesset members would be elected by Israeli citizens living abroad?
Don’t know 20%
Do you SUPPORT or OPPOSE instituting a similar system in the Knesset whereby
a few Knesset members would be elected by Diaspora Jews to represent their
interests in Israel?
Don't know 16%
The Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee on Ties between Israel and the Jewish
People, MK Einat Wilf, announced this week a new initiative that when she
receives a request by a few thousand Jews, from at least three different
Jewish communities, via email or “Likes” on Facebook, she will lead initiate
a debate by the sub-Committee on the requested issue. Do you SUPPORT or
OPPOSE this initiative?
Don't know 23%
In your view, would you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a mechanism that would allow
Diaspora Jews to oblige the Knesset to hold a debate on an issues relevant
to Diaspora Jewry?
Don't know 15%
Now, I am going to read you a quote from a recently-published book on
Israel- Diaspora relations by a Jewish American author. Please tell me
whether you AGREE or DISAGREE with it.
"In the struggle to build a Jewish State in the face of implacable foes, the
liberal ideals outlined by Israel's founders were brutally flouted."
Don't know 20%
The author advocates the implementation of what he terms a "Zionist boycott"
against the settlements by American Jews. Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with the
author that American Jews should boycott the settlements?
Disagree 76% [43% Strongly Disagree]
Don't know 11%
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