While strong majorities of millennial American and Israeli Jews say it’s important that the world’s two largest Jewish communities maintain close ties and support Israel, a new survey shows the groups differ starkly on many aspects of that relationship .
The surveys, which the AJC calls the first of their kind, “provide vital insights into the thinking of emerging leaders engaged in Jewish life who will be essential to enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation between American and Israeli Jews,” said Dana Steiner, director of AJC ACCESS Global, in a press release.
The results show a connection: 72% of American Jews and 89% of Israeli Jews in this age bracket find it very or somewhat important that the American Jewish and Jewish Israeli communities have close ties. And strong majorities of American and Israeli Jews believe that a strong state of Israel is very or somewhat necessary for the survival of the Jewish people.
But the surveys also show how differently the two groups approach key issues, including solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the degree to which each community cares for the other.
Among the main findings of the surveys:
- LLess than a fifth (19%) of American Jews, compared to a majority of their Israeli counterparts (56%), believe there is no viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Among those who think a viable solution is possible, similar percentages (47% of American Jews and 52% of Israeli Jews) are the most in favor of independent Israeli and Palestinian states side by side.
- Far more American Jews than Israeli Jews (23% versus 5%) who believe a solution to the conflict is possible are most in favor of a binational state with a single elected government.
- American Jews (55%) are much more likely than Israeli Jews (23%) to think it is appropriate for American Jews trying to influence Israeli policy.
- More American Jews (59%) feel great or some responsibility for helping Jews in Israel than Israeli Jews (42%) feel toward American Jews.
the survey of israeli jews was conducted by Geocartography Knowledge Group from February 14-22 and had 1001 participants and a margin of error of plus or minus 3%. the survey of american jewswhich had 800 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7%, was conducted by YouGov from February 9 to March 30.