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This is news: 65% of Australians view Israel negatively

According to a new BBC global poll (via the Jerusalem Post):

Israel retained its position as one of the world’s most negatively-viewed countries, according to BBC’s annual poll published Wednesday night. 

With 50 percent of respondents ranking Israel negatively, Israel keeps company with North Korea, and places ahead of only Iran (55% negative) and Pakistan (51% negative).

The 2012 Country Ratings Poll was conducted among 24,090 people worldwide, and asked respondents to rate whether the influence of 22 countries was “mostly positive” or “mostly negative.”

Evaluations of the Jewish state, already largely unfavorable in 2011, have worsened in 2012. Out of the 22 countries polled, the majority in 17 of them view Israel negatively, while only three (the US, Nigeria and Kenya) view Israel positively. In Kenya, negative ratings of Israel fell by 10 points to 31%, while the country experienced an even larger increase in positive ratings of Israel, rising 16 points to 45%.

Negative perceptions of Israel in EU countries have continue to rise, reaching 74% in Spain (up 8%), 65% in France (up 9%), while in Germany and Britain the negative views remain high but stable (69% and 68% respectively). In other Anglo countries, perceptions of Israel are worsening, including in Australia (65%), and Canada (59%).

Among Muslim countries, perceptions of Israel have continued to deteriorate. Of particular concern for Israel is the country sitting on its southern neighbor, Egypt, where 85% of the population views Israel negatively, up 7% since 2011. 

In Asian countries, public opinion on Israel is growing increasingly antagonistic. In China, just 23% of those surveyed view Israel positively compared with 45% negatively. In India, overall opinion has shifter from being divided in 2011 to leaning negatively. In South Korea, negative views of Israel rose a full 15% (to 69%), while positive views decreased 11% (to 20%)

The saving grace for Israel is United States, where the proportion of people viewing Israel negatively has decreased six points to 35% since 2011. This statistic marks the most positive views on Israel expressed in the US since tracking began in 2005.

People viewing Israel negatively around the world cite the Jewish state’s foreign policy as the main factor influencing their perception, while those who view Israel positively cite culture and Jewish traditions.

  • peterhindrup

    With the (almost?) Universal support by western country governments and the huge bias by media for Israel, the negative view across Europe particularly, but in the other western countries as well is overwhelming positive for the world in general. Eventually there must come a tipping point, where public opinion sways political opinion.

    A survey of all candidates prior to the next election and a ‘work against any politician supporting Israel’ campaign could, particularly in vulnerable seats, be enough to swing the results.

    That Iran, subjected to the most vicious campaign of slander for past ten years or so comes in lowest ought surprise nobody, but I believe that that image could be easily changed with a well run campaign. A much easier sell than that of promoting the Palestinian cause, not because the Palestinians are any the less slandered, but because the demonisation has been ongoing for such a long period.

    For most in Australia switching from the belief that the Israelis are saints, and the Palestinians, followed by the Arabs, are the devil incarnate, is to turn a lifetimes beliefs upon their heads. However if people are beginning to view the Israelis as they are, for what they are, then those people have already, consciously or not, began to see Palestinians and Arabs in a more positive light.

    The US results are of no significance. The distortion of events in their media is so off the planet, that the 35 percent is not a bad result. As the US flounders, ever deeper into debt, continuing to loose credibility across the globe, Israel will be abandoned. Without the muscle of the US behind it, Israel will be seen for what it is, a pipsqueak few million delusionalists who believe that they can dominate in world affairs.

    • examinator

      As I explained to you in
      I'm not convinced that the Iranian regime is being slandered all that much. It's hardly a beneficent one . Then again I differentiate between regimes and the people… pity these vilification programs don't.
      However there is a hypercritical campaign of gigantic proportions by the increasingly out numbered white establishments to paint Iran as some sort of latter day demonic regime while equally fatuous assumption they are in a position to cast any stones let alone the first (so to speak).
      I think it's clear that the like Omar Khyam's spectral finger time and circumstances moves on and the past can't be recreated. The context that determined the past and ideas have changed.
      A bit like the Republican, Liberal lament the political parties are driving forward by looking into their rear vision mirrors.
      Meanwhile the public has changed… the Israeli regime is doing what most on the right do when under pressure simply retreat further into the past notions.
      It's only a matter of time before the Israeli, US and yes the Aussie regimes find themselves in the situation where by they will either change or disappear.
      The problem I see is will that change come or will their desperation destroy the countries trying to hang on.

  • Peter Hindrup

    'It's only a matter of time before the Israeli, US and yes the Aussie regimes find themselves in the situation where by they will either change or disappear. '

    Obviously a mistake in this sentence, but it is not obvious where the mistake is.

    Documentaries and recent video i have seen raises serious questions as to the extent of the propaganda. Certainly at l;east some of their cities could be any modern city.

    That they do, or may, finance some of their neighbours is of no moment. The US finances Israel heavily, and they cannot by any measure considered a 'neighbour'. Or are you suggesting that the US may do as it pleases, and that others must do as the US wants?

    The US according to Jimmy Carter has invaded 100 odd countries with ithe intention of destabilising or destroying their governments.

    There is no evidence that Iran has invaded anybody in what, 200 years?

    I do not think that Iran is 'pure', nor do I think that they have an ideal government, but do not suggest that the US has anything to offer anybody.

    They don't, nor did they ever have.

    If Israel/US attack Iran I hope that it is enough to unite everybody who has had, or ought to have had a gut full of US aggression, and that they target the US mainland in their retaliation.