Arab countries see Israeli occupation and US interference as greatest threats to peace in Middle East (not Iran)

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Just what we’ve been waiting for. Here’s a press release from the Arab American Institute on a Zogby poll they’re going to release tomorrow morning:

The Arab American Institute (AAI) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at its offices at 1600 K St, NW Ste. 601 in Washington, DC, to release the findings of the latest AAI/Zogby International poll. Findings from the survey of six Arab nations show U.S. favorable ratings across the Arab world have plummeted. 

With the 2008 election of Barack Obama, favorable attitudes toward the U.S. more than doubled in many Arab countries. But in the two years since his famous “Cairo speech,” ratings for both the U.S. and the President have spiraled downwards. The President is seen overwhelmingly as failing to meet the expectations set during his speech, and the vast majority of those surveyed disagree with U.S policies. 

In five out of the six countries surveyed, the U.S. was viewed less favorably than Turkey, China, France—or Iran. Far from seeing the U.S. as a leader in the post-Arab Spring environment, the countries surveyed viewed “U.S. interference in the Arab world” as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the Middle East, second only to the continued Palestinian occupation. 

While the vehemence of Arab reaction to the U.S. was startling, the general sentiment echoed points made in AAI President James Zogby’s 2010 book Arab Voices, in which he reflected on Arab opinions of both the U.S. and our foreign policies. “American democracy [seems] a lot like damaged goods to many Arabs… U.S. policy in the region has increasingly undermined Arab attitudes toward America as a global model.” 

“This poll reaffirms what we’ve been saying,” said Zogby today. “Americans looked to Obama for change in 2008. The expectations were high, and we haven’t delivered. It seems that one thing that Americans and Arabs agree on is that the U.S. needs to make changes here at home before looking to build on changes abroad.”

Zogby added, “Here and abroad, people were looking for real changes in our domestic and foreign policies, for real engagement in the Arab world and for progress in Palestine. These numbers are a clear statement of their disappointment.”

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  1. AM
    July 13, 2011, 12:06 am

    I read his book…”Arab Voices”. Its pretty good because it shows very clearly how the data, over the years, has shown very clearly what general trends exist in various Arab Countries, what people in different countries tend to value, how they see the Israeli occupation, and what drives them in life.

    Amazingly enough, they come out entirely human just like us…and are overwhelmingly for a solution that still involves the existence of Israel. the problem is that zionists don’t want anyone to know that – its easier to pretend that they are bloody thirsty, violent, and irrational animals. Population transfer is easier when the ‘other’ can be broken down into something non human.

    The other interesting part is it completely shoots down all the partisans talking about what really matters in the mid east: claims that women’s rights are more important, Iran is a bigger issue, etc. etc. is all FUD. Who would have that most of Saudi Males are for a much more equitable gender system and want women to drive? Did you know (oh noes, now I’m making a claim and I don’t have the book around me to confirm) that a greater percent of Saudi Males are interested in these rights than Saudi Women are? And of course, Israel & Palestine ranks as a higher issue in their minds…and that is a common theme across the entire Arab World (one of the very few that you can generalize) – despite all the differences, and how Arab countries have pretty different perspectives on what matters to them, the problem of Palestine is something that tops the charts of Arabs in every single country.

  2. Chaos4700
    July 13, 2011, 2:42 am

    D. U. H.

    I still don’t understand how incredibly mind-bogglingly vacuous the Beltway really is. There really are that few American politicians who can actually bother to think of Arabs and Iranians as human beings with human emotions and reactions, aren’t there?

    • RoHa
      July 13, 2011, 3:40 am

      There really are that few American politicians who can actually bother to think.

      • Chaos4700
        July 13, 2011, 9:20 am

        Okay good point.

  3. Kathleen
    July 13, 2011, 8:41 am

    ““This poll reaffirms what we’ve been saying,” said Zogby today. “Americans looked to Obama for change in 2008. The expectations were high, and we haven’t delivered. It seems that one thing that Americans and Arabs agree on is that the U.S. needs to make changes here at home before looking to build on changes abroad.”

    Zogby added, “Here and abroad, people were looking for real changes in our domestic and foreign policies, for real engagement in the Arab world and for progress in Palestine. These numbers are a clear statement of their disappointment.”

    THANK GOODNESS FOR ZOGBY

    Hey looky here. Emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler) one of the best investigative reporters in the blogosphere….so in depth, so brilliant striking out on her own. Maybe she will take time to turn her keen intellect and just touch the civil rights, torture in Israeli prisons, illegal settlements and how this is not only illegal and immoral but undermines US National Security. Now she might just be a Pep as I believe Jane Hamsher is but she might just surprise us and write a bit more about this critical issue at her new blog.

    At one point Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson said that Marcy knew more about the Plame outing case than they did.
    Emptywheel Leaving Firedoglake
    link to emptywheel.firedoglake.com

    Bmaz is coming along with her. Who is clearly brilliant combined with the arrogant prick phenomena. He thinks he is the most intelligent person on the planet. Can not stand his arrogant “I am better, smarter” than everyone (except Marcy) attitude
    Read this Bmaz thread at Firedoglake. All about Clinton the middle east and Dennis Ross. Find out how far off Bmaz was and is.
    link to emptywheel.firedoglake.com

  4. Kathleen
    July 13, 2011, 8:52 am

    Here is the thread where Bmaz gets pissed that anyone should actually bring in past facts. Challenge his lame claim. He writes up a post about how Hillary is going to make the difference in I/P negotiations. What would someone like Bmaz base such a claim on. Some facts that would validate that Clinton would be a fair or effective broker on the I/P issue
    link to emptywheel.firedoglake.com
    “If Barack Obama is indeed going to make an early and strong play on the I/P issue, it is hard to imagine who could bring more cache and weight to the attempt than Hillary Clinton. And make no mistake about it, if Obama wants to truly make his “change” global, there is no bigger key than the Palestinian problem. So much really is predicated on it and flows from it. Want to really change the world? Man, is that the prime festering sore to start with. If there is any line of dominoes, that is the initiator.”

    Choke

    • Kathleen
      July 13, 2011, 9:01 am

      One of the times that Jane Hamshers outrageous and basically racist contradictions were pointed out by Mondoweiss along with Ed Teller
      link to my.firedoglake.com

      • Kathleen
        July 13, 2011, 9:38 am

        Another example of Bmaz and clearly Emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler) have tried to control and shut down challenges. Sad
        Emptywheel, bmaz, “whiny petulant liars” and accountability
        By: ondelette Thursday June 2, 2011 5:45 pm
        link to my.firedoglake.com

  5. Kathleen
    July 13, 2011, 8:56 am

    Former Bush administration official and CIA middle east analyst Flynt Leverett and his wife Hillary Mann Leverett have been instrumental at getting the facts out about Iran at their phenomenal website Race for Iran.
    link to raceforiran.com
    DETERMINED TO DELEGITIMATE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC: NEOCONSERVATIVES AND AMERICA’S IRAN POLICY

    Posted on July 12th, 2011

    Also the investigative work of James Risen and Seymour Hersh on Iran

  6. Kathleen
    July 13, 2011, 9:31 am

    At the UN Arab nations have been bringing up over and over again about how Israel’s undeclared and un inspected nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have been a threat to peace for decades
    link to docs.google.com

    Former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer has been bringing up how the U.S.’s unconditional support for Israel no matter what they do has undermined US national security for decades.
    link to liveleak.com

    Former IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter has clearly tried to alert the public about Israel’s decade long agenda to undermine Iran based on unsubstantiated claims
    This is a must watch
    link to redtory.blogspot.com

    Seymour Hersh has written a great deal about Iran and the I lobby’s and neocons agenda

    The Iran Plan
    link to newyorker.com

    The Next Act
    link to newyorker.com

    And yet Israel continues to have a special status with one US administration after the next. Receiving their aid in one lump sum costing American taxpayers millions upon millions, un declared amounts of US defense surplus, special loans/grants. US citizens can make tax free donations to Israel which does not apply to any other country in the world. Israel is not required to list or define how US taxpayers aid is being used.

    Our taxes continue to support Israel’s illegal and immoral expansion of illegal settlements and confiscation of internationally recognized Palestinian lands.

  7. munro
    July 13, 2011, 10:26 am

    Zogby Press Conference livestream link to aaiusa.org

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