Israel and Public Opinion

Breaking news headlines scream that Israel is one of the most negatively viewed countries in the world. These headlines refer to a poll conducted annually by the BBC World Service. The poll was taken in 22 countries and asked the respondents to rate 16 countries in the world as "mostly positive" or "mostly negative". For Israel, that ratio was 21% positive to 50% negative. It was almost as bad as it was for North Korea, for which that ratio was 19% to 50%. My first reaction was that it had to be a joke. North Korea is nothing but one big concentration camp. Its people starve and risk their lives to flee to neighboring countries. Israeli, on the other hand, Israel is the country with the highest number of Nobel Prize winners per capita, a democracy that guarantees the rights of all its inhabitants, Jewish, Arab, or Druze, a world leader in such industries as information technology, software, and biotech. Thousands of people from all over the world move to Israel, both legally and...(Read Full Post)