Poll: Clinton Will Be Better for Israel, but Trump for Netanyahu

While 42 percent of surveyed Israelis believe Trump would get along better with the prime minister, only 34 percent think he would be better for Israel, compared with 42 percent for Clinton.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivering joint statements in Jerusalem on November 20, 2012.
Netanyahu and then-Secretary of State Clinton in Jerusalem, November 20, 2012.Credit: Reuters
Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

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A plurality of Israelis think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will get along better with Donald Trump if he’s elected as president than with Hillary Clinton, a new poll released on Sunday showed.

According to the poll conducted by TNS/Teleseker for Channel 1/Mabat, 42 percent of Israelis believe Netanyahu would get along much better with a President Trump, while 32 percent think the prime minister would have a better working relationship with a President Clinton. The remaining 26 percent did not know or had no opinion.

Trump recently said he would treat Netanyahu equally. But he also expressed disappointment with Netanyahu’s statement after he called to ban all Muslims entering the United States after the Paris terror attacks last year. “He said something that wasn’t as positive as I would have liked, and I cancelled it,” Trump told Jewish Insider. “I did not particularly like his statement. “I like him. I have always liked him. I was disappointed in his statement.”

The Channel 1 poll also showed that 42 percent of Israelis think Clinton is the preferable presidential candidate from the standpoint of Israel’s interests, while 34 percent think Trump would be better for Israel. Clinton also leads Trump in the popularity contest. Sixty-eight percent view Clinton favorably, while only 14 percent view her unfavorably. Trump has a favorability rating of 43 percent with an unfavorable rating of 37 percent.

Asked who they think will win the presidential elections in the fall, 40 percent predicted a Clinton win, while 39 percent said Trump.

Nevertheless, a majority of Israelis (51 percent) think the next president would be better than President Barack Obama, while 26 percent see no change. A mere 8 percent think the next president would be worse than Obama and 15 percent did not know or had no opinion.

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