March 2, 2010

ONE DANGED PECULIAR COUNTRY:

Americans Love Israel Even More Than You Think (Barry Rubin, 3/02/10)

International relations isn’t a popularity contest. But public opinion polls can be useful in countering myths and examining the impact of policymaker, elite, and media campaigns on the masses.

Which brings us to Gallup’s latest poll measuring how Americans feel about different countries. The more one examines the results, the more amazing they are. Americans two favorites are, not surprisingly, fellow English-speakers Canada and the United Kingdom. Then come—Americans are very forgiving—two former enemies, Germany and Japan.

And next on the list is Israel.


Our fellow Anglospheric states are easy enough to figure and the old Israel, but it's passing odd how much we like our old enemies. One wonders if we now consider them kind of client states.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2010 5:19 PM
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