Donald J. Trump marched as the Grand Marshall in the Salute to Israel Parade in New York in 2004. Credit Seth Wenig/Reuters

44% of Israelis believe Trump is a true friend to Israel

A recent Panels Politics poll that was conducted Wednesday, 44% of Israelis think that the new US President-elect, Donald J. Trump is a true friend of Israel.

According to the poll, 18% believed he was not, and 38% said they do not know.

In addition, about 50% think that Trump will not move the embassy, with 11% certain he will not and 38% believing it is unlikely.

Only 6% of respondents think Trump will definitely move the embassy to Jerusalem, and 32% think it is likely.

Most Israelis who identify as rightwing – 59% – said Trump is a true friend of Israel, as opposed to 10% who disagree. On the Left, only 17% say Trump is a true friend of Israel, and 44% say he is not.

Respondents were almost evenly split over whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is guiding Israel’s diplomatic relations with the world well, with 44% saying yes and 41% no. Another 15% said they do not know, Jpost reported.

As for the possibility of a UN decision in the next year to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, 45% said they do not think it will happen, and 33% said it would.

The poll was conducted by Panels Politics on November 15 among 519 respondents constituting a representative sample of the adult population in Israel. The margin of error is 4.5%.