Monday, November 12, 2018

How did J Street get 78 percent of respondents to say they “support creating a Palestinian state”? - by Stephen M. Flatow

The J Street poll question began with a list of six points that supposedly would be part of any agreement creating a Palestinian state...But the six points are all just figments of J Street’s imagination. They have either been rejected outright by the Palestinian Authority or are simply wildly implausible.

Stephen M. Flatow..
09 November '18..

More than three-fourths of American Jews want Israel to be reduced to just miles wide—narrower than Washington, D.C., or the Bronx. How can that be?

The answer, of course, is that it can’t be. But J Street is now making that claim anyway, and some media outlets this week fell for it.

J Street wants to see an independent Palestinian state established alongside the pre-1967 armistice lines, which means that Israel would be a mere nine miles wide. It would be very helpful to J Street’s efforts if it could claim that most Jews support it. But most Jews don’t. So, what’s a J Streeter to do?

Simple. Take a poll in which the question about a Palestinian state is worded in such a way as to make it as appealing and non-threatening as possible. Don’t say a word about it making Israel nine miles wide. Pretend that it will bring peace. And then—presto!—the J Streeters can get the “poll results” that they want.

Sure, it’s dishonest, disingenuous and distasteful. But this week, that’s exactly what J Street did.

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