Washington (The Inside Palestine)- A large number of younger American Jews just don’t feel that they are connected to ‘Israel’ — nearly 44 percent, according to surveys published Monday by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
The leading Israel lobby group published the surveys of Jewish millennials in the U.S. and in ‘Israel’.
According to the surveys, more than one in five millennial American Jews support the idea of one democratic state in Israel/Palestine. Only one in 20 Israeli Jews like that idea.
The surveys found that campus discussions of ‘Israel’ are not hotbeds of antisemitism, as the American Jewish Committee likes to claim.
53.5 percent of the American Jewish millennials say ‘Israel’ is very or somewhat important to their Jewish identity. However, 43.8 percent say ‘Israel’ is not important to their Jewish identity.
The AJC shows that American millennial Jews and Israeli Jewish millennials have very different attitudes.
Is it appropriate for U.S. Jews to try to influence Israeli policy? 45 percent of U.S. Jews say it is appropriate, but only 23 percent of Israeli Jews agree, with 70 percent saying that it’s not appropriate.
How much responsibility do you have to help fellow Jews in the other place? American Jews feel considerable responsibility — 58 percent feel some or a great deal. But only 42 percent of Israeli Jews feel that responsibility, and the negative–not much responsibility — is 47 percent on the Israeli side and only 35 percent on the American side.
Israeli Jews seem to believe that they’re helping American Jews just by having a Jewish state.
80 percent of Israeli Jews say that a strong ‘Israel’ is necessary to the survival of Jews outside ‘Israel’, but only 69 percent of American millennial Jews share that view. While 25 percent of American Jews say a strong ‘Israel’ is not necessary for the survival of Jews outside the country.
Israelis are way more pessimistic about the future with Palestinians than American Jews are. The numbers show how accepting Israelis are of a managed conflict/occupation, forever. Is a viable solution possible? By 52-19 American Jews say Yes. But Israeli Jews say No by similar proportions, 56-24.
And while both groups are for the “two-state solution,” 22.5 percent of American Jews are for one “bi-national” democracy. Only 5.4 percent of Israeli Jews are. This figure is congruent with a poll of 2021: 20% of Jewish voters under 40 said that ‘Israel’ does not have a right to exist.
‘Israel’ on campus, that whole narrative from the Israel lobby? 28 percent of the American Jews say the “anti-Israel climate” on campus made them “rethink” their commitment to ‘Israel’. And another 12.3 percent say there is no anti-Israel climate on campus. And 63 percent say the “anti-Israel climate” has not damaged their relationships with their friends.