Around 61 percent of Israeli Jews think Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pro-Israel. The poll conducted by Peace Index in February polled Israelis about the U.S. presidential election and its effects on Israel.
Israeli Jews reportedly would favor a Republican president to a Democratic one, according to the poll, reports World Religion News. Roughly 34 percent of Israelis support the GOP, compared to 28 percent who prefer Democrats.
Donald Trump has a made mixed statements on his support for Israel. He described Israel in December 2015 as “the only stable democracy in the region that is not run by dictators. They are pioneers in medicine and communication and a close trading partner,” reports The Jerusalem Post.
Trump said he would “do more for Israel than anybody else.”
Trump has also said that he would be “sort of a neutral guy” in brokering peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Despite the political preferences of Israelis, the Israeli public tended to view Democrats as more pro-Israel than the Republicans. The poll found 47 percent of Israelis say a Democratic U.S. president would be more pro-Israel, while only 23 percent answered that a Republican president would be a bigger advocate for their country.
Israeli support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is significantly higher than her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is Jewish. Of those polled, 40.5 percent of Jewish Israelis support Clinton over her competitor, while only 16.5 percent support Sanders.
The poll comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a visit to the White House on March 7, straining relations between the U.S. and Israel, reports Reuters.
The move reportedly caught Washington off guard.
“We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit,” wrote White House spokesperson Ned Price in a statement.
Israeli Channel 10 reported that Netanyahu canceled the trip to avoid any interference in the presidential election.