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January 24, 2013

The Israel Factor 01.2013, Questionnaire

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1. Many recent polls have proved time and again that Democratic voters support Israel in much smaller percentages than Republican voters (one such poll can be found here ). Please look at the following possible reasons for this "Israel gap" and rank from 1 (not a factor) to 10 (a great factor) the reasons you think contribute to this gap:

 

 

Reason

 

Israel's policies are more in line with Republican ideals

 

Evangelical support among Republicans makes the difference

 

Jewish activists don't make the case for Israel among Democrats as strongly as they once did

 

Israel shows preference for Republican candidates and Democratic voters don't like it

 

Democratic voters have moved very far to the left on foreign policy – and Israel isn't there

 

Democratic voters take their cues from the Obama administration, and interpret its relations with Israel in ways unfavorable to Israel

 

The polls are just wrong, there's no difference in the support for Israel between Dem and Rep voters

 

 

 

2. Rank the following statements (1 – false, 10 – true) all related to the Hagel Defense Secretary appointment:

 

 

The pro-Israel lobby foolishly raised hell over an appointment it can't block

 

Hagel is a good friend of Israel – and there is no reason to oppose his nomination

 

When Obama appointed Hagel, he was – among other things – sending a message to Netanyahu

 

The Hagel appointment is proof that the US isn't going to use military force against Iran even if negotiations over Iran's nuclear program fail

 

Official Israel smartly avoided a public battle over Hagel

 

Hagel isn't going to be confirmed

 

 

 

3. Looking ahead for 2016, please rank the following presidential candidates on scale of 1 (bad for Israel) to 10 (good for Israel):

 

 

Hillary Clinton

 

Joe Biden

 

Chris Christie

 

Marco Rubio

 

Paul Ryan

 

Jeb Bush

 

Rob Portman

 

Condoleezza Rice

 

Andrew Cuomo

 

Martin O'Malley

 

Deval Patrick

 

Cory Booker

 

Elizabeth Warren

 

Mark Warner

 

Brian Schweitzer

 

Sarah Palin

 

Rick Santorum

 

Rand Paul

 

Mike Huckabee

 

David Petraeus

 

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