Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta


Israelis gave America the highest favorable rating at 83 percent in a recent Pew Research Center poll.


About seven in 10 Israelis have confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump and, compared to other countries, Israel gave the United States the most favorable rating, according to a new Pew Research Center poll released last week.

Out of the Israelis that have confidence in the American leader, 74 percent endorsed his decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018, and 66 percent supported withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that same month.

Overall, of the 32 countries polled, 64 percent said they do not have confidence in Trump to do the correct thing in global affairs, while only 29 percent expressed confidence in the U.S. president.

Israelis gave the United States the highest favorable rating at 83 percent, while Mexico, where Trump wants to build a wall along its border with the United States, gave the least favorable rating at 36 percent.

Although 94 percent of Israeli Jews view the United States positively, only 37 percent of Israeli Arabs concur. In other Mideast and North African countries, attitudes towards America are mostly negative. Only one in five Turks see the United States favorably.

The poll did not address recent tensions with Iran and the missile attacks this week on two U.S. bases in Iraq as it was conducted before to the Jan. 3 U.S. elimination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

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