Poll: Israelis Thrilled By Netanyahu's US Visit

Posted: May 26, 2011 5:16 PM

Via @BenPolitico, strong proof that the New York Times' analysis  ("Israelis See Netanyahu Trip As Diplomatic Failure") was ludicrously errant.  It seems Congressional Republicans weren't the only ones enamored with Bibi's performance on US soil:

It's doubtful that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his wildest, most optimistic dreams, would have dared to imagine when he set off for the United States last week that Israelis would respond to his six-day trip so enthusiastically: According to a new Haaretz poll, they are giving the visit high marks, considering it an overwhelming success.

The poll, conducted by the Dialog organization, under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs of the Tel Aviv University Statistics Department, showed that 47 percent of the Israeli public believes the U.S. trip was a success, while only 10 percent viewed it as a failure.

Nearly half of the public felt "pride" at seeing Netanyahu address the joint session of Congress on Tuesday, while only 5 percent deemed it a "missed opportunity." The rest expressed no opinion, while 20 percent of those questioned said they hadn't watched the speech.

Israelis also don't believe that U.S.-Israel relations have been harmed by the visit despite its attendant problems, tensions and disputes. Some 27 percent of those polled said they believe relations between the two countries will actually improve as a result of the visit, while only 13 percent thought relations would deteriorate...

According to the same poll, only 25 percent of Israelis describe President Obama as "friendly" towards their country.  Go figure.

UPDATE (5/27) - Another poll of Israelis is even less kind to the Obama Administration: