(RNS) — Even earlier than final 12 months’s outbreak of violence between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist occasion that controls the Gaza Strip, American Jewish and Israeli relations gave the impression to be fraying.
As rockets flew and Palestinian casualties multiplied, many American Jews started rethinking the longstanding crucial to face with Israel, particularly when so many had been arguing its response was disproportionately extreme.
Younger professionals on the American Jewish Committee had been already involved, and after the two-week disaster between Israel and Palestine resulted in mid Might 2021, they fine-tuned a ballot to look at what millennial Jews, ages 25-40, in each international locations thought of each other.
The poll, launched Monday (April 25), suggests relations stay robust and supportive: 72% of American Jewish millennials and 89% of Israeli Jewish millennials say it can be crucial that the 2 communities preserve shut ties.
A whopping 80% of millennial Israeli Jews and 70% of millennial American Jews stated they thought a powerful State of Israel is important for the survival of the Jewish individuals, and 81% of People and 70% of Israelis suppose a powerful Jewish group outdoors of Israel is important.
“The image had been painted of a five-alarm hearth,” stated Dana Steiner, director of Entry World, the younger skilled division of AJC. “The survey reassured us it’s not all unhealthy.”
The ballot of 1,000 Israeli Jewish millennials and 800 American Jewish millennials was performed within the U.S. by YouGov and in Israel by an outfit known as Geocartography. It’s the first of its type and thus solely marks a selected cut-off date (the February 14-22 interval when it was fielded). Steiner stated there was curiosity in repeating the ballot sooner or later.
The questioning of the bedrock perception that help for Israel must be a cornerstone of American Jewish life — a view cemented within the a long time following the Holocaust — had already been raised earlier than.
A complete Pew Research survey from 2020 discovered that 82% of U.S. Jews stated caring about Israel is both “important” or “essential” to what being Jewish means to them. Nevertheless it additionally discovered that younger U.S. Jews are much less emotionally connected to Israel than older ones.
In that survey, half of Jewish adults beneath age 30 described themselves as very or considerably emotionally connected to Israel, in contrast with two-thirds of Jews ages 65 and older.
The AJC survey didn’t examine generations, however it, too, discovered that a bit over half (55%) of U.S. Jewish millennials stated being linked to Israel is essential to their Jewish identification.
There have been, nonetheless, clear factors of disagreement between millennial U.S. and Israeli Jews on the query of whether or not People ought to attempt to affect insurance policies towards Israel.
Greater than half of People stated it was applicable for American Jews to attempt to affect Israeli coverage, whereas solely 22% of Israelis agreed.
As well as, whereas 52% of American Jewish millennials stated a viable answer to the Israeli-Palestinian battle is feasible, solely 24% of Israeli Jewish millennials agreed.
“Israelis will not be as prepared to provide as a lot as they’ve turn out to be accustomed to taking,” Steiner stated. “There’s a mismatch of expectations. It’s not precisely equal.”
The Israeli survey performed on-line had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 proportion factors. (The American survey had a margin of error of 4.7 proportion factors.)