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September 19, 2006

Israel’s stock rises in US, Europe despite war

Filed under: Eurabia, Global Jihad, Islam, Israel, Mellemøsten, Terror — limewoody @ 3:06 pm

Israel’s public standing in both the US and Europe has improved following the war in Lebanon, according to seemingly counterintuitive figures that international pollster Stan Greenberg is presenting government officials this week.

Israel’s support in the US is near its highest level since Greenberg began systematically charting the numbers in April 2003, while in Europe more and more people see Israel as a moderate force in what is increasingly being perceived as a battle between moderates and extremists in the Middle East.

Amir Gissin, director of public affairs (hasbara) at the Foreign Ministry, said the numbers reflected a general trend in the West, where people were beginning to widen the lens they used to interpret information about the Middle East.
A positive side effect of the war, Gissin said, was that people in the West had stopped seeing the Israel-Palestinian conflict as the root of all Middle East instability.



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