Finally, something Israelis and ‘Palestinians’ can agree on – their dislike of Obama
The poll indicates that Obama is viewed most favorably in Kosovo, Vietnam, Portugal, Sweden, and Colombia.
ce, US President Barack Obama wanted to see Palestinians and Israelis come together in agreement on a peace deal. Instead, the leader of the free world may be disappointed by the news that the two sides did indeed come together – in their disapproval of his job performance.
According to a new poll by WIN/Gallup International, while Obama is the world leader who is most admired throughout the globe, his favorability rating drops precipitously in Middle Eastern countries including Israel, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Lebanon and Turkey.
The poll indicates that Obama is viewed most favorably in Kosovo, Vietnam, Portugal, Sweden and Colombia.
The poll also shows that Israelis have a slightly higher opinion of Russian President Vladimir Putin than they do of Obama.
One leader admired in Israel is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was recently named Person of the Year by Time.
The US president’s reputation among Israelis has never been sterling. Last year, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies released a survey that showed that the percentage of Israelis who believe Obama has either a “positive” or “neutral” view of Israel dropped steeply since his visit to the country in 2012.
Of the respondents, 37 percent said Obama
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