Kissinger’s Popularity in Israel Drops 15.5 Percent Since June

According to a public opinion poll, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s popularity has dropped 15.5 percent since June. A group of some 1200 Israelis were asked by the Public Opinion Research Institute if they thought Kissinger was doing a good job. Two months ago 63.8 percent said they thought he was, compared with 48.3 percent who said yes in the latest poll. The Secretary and the United States government have come under increasing criticism in the Israeli press over fears that the U.S. is taking a more pro-Arab position on the Middle East.

Another public opinion poll conducted by Research Services reported today that a majority of Israelis felt that Golda Meir’s government was more capable of facing pressures than the government of Yitzhak Rabin. Of those polled, 64 percent felt the previous government was stronger in the face of pressure, while 17 percent viewed the present government as the stronger one. The poll also showed that 47 percent believed that Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan and Abba Eban could have handled better the Sebastia affair compared with the way it was handled by Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yigal Allon. Only 34 percent felt that Rabin, Peres and Allon handled it better than the former government officials would have done.

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