No matter what Americans have decided, Israelis overwhelmingly prefer Donald Trump and would have voted for him if they were eligible, according to a new poll.
The poll, by Panels Politics and published by Radio 103FM on Election Day, shows that some 57 percent of Israelis would choose Trump compared to just 23 percent who said they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.
That was evidenced by a special prayer meeting which settler leaders held on Monday in Hebron. They thanked Trump for all he did for Israel during his first term.
“We came here today to say to President Trump thank you,” said Har Hevron Regional Council chairman Yochai Damri. “Thank you for your special relationship to the land of Israel, for the recognition of the Golan Heights and of the settlement enterprise. Thank you for your war against Iran and the BDS movement. Thank you for strengthening the settlement of the land of the Bible. We pray and hope that you will continue to another four years of strengthening the settlement enterprise.”
Israeli television dedicated overnight broadcasts to the U.S. elections which occupied the top news well into the morning here on Wednesday. The Knesset even bumped a vote on the peace treaty with Bahrain until next week in hopes that the election results will be clear.
Israelis love Trump because of the many positive pro-Israel decisions he has made during his first term. He recognized Jerusalem as the country’s capital and then moved the U.S. embassy there, recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, brokered three peace deals with Muslim countries and most recently he ruled that Americans born in Jerusalem can list Israel on their passports as their country of birth — a reversal of decades of State Department policy.
While most Jews in the United States traditionally vote Democrat, Israelis generally favor Republican candidates. Trump in particular has been described him as the “greatest friend” Israel has ever had in the White House
Oded Revivi, who is an influential leader in the settlements, did not participate in the prayer meeting but he said, “President Trump has proven over four years that he is a big friend of Israel and during his term ties between Israel and the U.S. have grown stronger.”
“However, just as we warn off foreign influences from internal debates and elections… so it is not correct for the leadership to express a stance on the U.S. elections,” he wrote on Twitter.