Americans for Peace Now and the Arab American Institute have just released the findings of the first parallel survey of Arab American and Jewish American opinion regarding the Middle East, Israel-Palestine, and US policy. The first thing to grab the reader's attention is how remarkably similar and sensible are the positions of the vast majority in both communities. In fact, in the first question asked "How closely would you say you follow the situation in the Middle East" the exact same number of Jewish Americans and Arab Americans (55 percent) answered "very closely" (with 37 and 38 percent, respectively, saying "somewhat closely").
The poll is yet another, and this time quite stunning confirmation that both groups want an American administration that is actively engaged in Middle East peacemaking, support a two-state solution, an end to occupation and freeze on settlements, and see a peace agreement as a US strategic interest. A thumping 68 percent of Jewish Americans, and 64 percent of Arab Americans, say they would be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who promised to take an active role in the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians. While fully 80 percent and 77 percent respectively rate President Bush's handling of the conflict as not effective.
And here is another headline: 73 percent of American Jews, according to this poll, agreed with the statement that "it is vital that the US engage in serious diplomacy with Iran and the international community which could prevent another war." While only 21 percent felt that the statement "diplomacy with Iran is a waste of time, and the US needs to prepare now for military action" best reflected their view. You can read the poll here, and below I have posted a few more of the important findings.