Monday, October 18, 2004


World Opinion

There is a very convenient section in today's Ha'aretz with links to ten newspapers around the world with polls and analysis reflecting popular feeling toward the US presidential election. Go to US elections: a global view to check it out.

Shmuel Rosner, who arranged the Ha'aretz poll, also has a piece in the Guardian about Israeli support for Bush. He writes:
Israel loves the US, and it loves the US president. This has been the case for many years now.
It loves George Bush, but it also loved Bill Clinton. It loved George Bush Snr a little less, but it certainly loved Ronald Reagan, and even Jimmy Carter. It remembered what each of them had done for the country - the peace with Egypt, the first Gulf war, the eulogy for Yitzhak Rabin.

Israel loves every US president not perceived as being demonstratively hostile towards it (the last such president was Gerald Ford, who called for a "re-evaluation" of the relationship between the countries).

Israel loves the US president because he holds the umbrella that protects it from its enemies. He symbolises the defense and economic support, and - above all - the moral support that Israel receives from the US. It is he who gives Israel the feeling that it still has one friend left in the world who can be trusted, even in times of great trouble. He is the symbol, and America is the friend.
Also from Sunday's Ha'aretz, an article on the negative international poll numbers for Bush explains:
Bush arouses opposition both because of his style - which is perceived as stammering, blunt, provincial and power-driven...
I couldn't have put it better myself (although for some reason this style also seems to be what draws so many Americans to him - hmmmm).

America does not need foreign terrorists. Americans can screw Americans very well, thank you.
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