On November 3 – 2015, Dr. Nimrod Goren, Founder and Head of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies – presented at the JPC the findings of the 2015 Israeli Foreign Policy Index. The Key findings: Only 7 percent of the Israeli public believe that Israel’s international standing is good; 60 percent are dissatisfied with the Israeli Government’s conduct on foreign policy issues; 78 percent believe that the weakening of Israel’s Foreign Ministry harms national security; and 41 percent believe that Israel-US relations are in poor state.
About the poll:
The poll was conducted in the context of the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its findings show a significant drop, compared to 2014, in public satisfaction with Israel`s global standing, the status of Israel-US relations, and the government`s performance on foreign policy issues.
The poll findings also relate to the peace process, regional cooperation, foreign policy priorities, bi-lateral relations, the Iran deal, the role of the MFA, and regional belonging preferences. It specifically examined the possible impact of an EU decision to label settlement products, international incentives for peace, and increased involvement of the Arab world in the peace process.
The annual index of the Mitvim Institute is the only public opinion poll focusing specifically on Israel`s foreign policy. It was carried out in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.