A majority of Israelis think Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be committed to safeguarding Israel’s security, while more think Hillary Clinton is the favored candidate from Israel’s standpoint, a new poll published on Monday showed.
According to the Israel Democracy Institute’s monthly Peace Index poll, 31 percent of Israeli Jews think Trump is the preferable presidential candidate from the standpoint of Israel’s interests, while 40 percent think Hillary Clinton would be better for Israel. Clinton leads Trump 38-28 among the general Israeli public.
Nevertheless, when it comes to trusting the presidential candidates’ campaign promises, Israelis only moderately trust Clinton, while a majority take Trump’s commitments seriously.
When asked if they trust Clinton to block any international effort to isolate or attack Israel – as promised in an Op-Ed ahead of Passover -if she is elected U.S. president, 32 percent of respondents said they “moderately” trust her, while 41 percent don’t trust her at all/not so much. 18 percent strongly trust her.
Among Israeli Jews, only 12 percent “strongly” trust the Democratic presidential front-runner, 36 percent moderately trust her, while 45 percent don’t trust her at all/not so much. Among Israeli Arabs, 47 percent strongly trust Clinton to follow up on her pledge.
On the other hand, a whopping 62 percent are sure or think that Trump will be committed to safeguarding Israel’s security if elected as president. Twenty-one percent think or are sure that he won’t be committed to Israel’s security.
The poll also shows that Clinton leads Trump 17-14 as the candidate who will be a better president from the standpoint of Israel’s interests among Israeli Arabs. Last month, Trump led Clinton 28-10. Twenty-nine percent see Clinton and Trump as good to the same extent.
A recent Channel 1 poll 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.