tween Jews in the Diaspora and
Only 6 percent said activation
of Jews as a political lobby in
their respective countries should
be the first priority.
Asked about factors threaten-
ing the continuity of the Jewish
people, assimilation of Diaspora
Jews was mentioned by 36 per-
cent, the mixing of religion and
politics by 29 percent, abandon-
ing the religion by 25 percent and
anti-Semitism by 25 percent.
As a measure of Israelis' iden-
tification with Diaspora Jews, the
survey asked respondents
whether they define themselves
as Jewish or Israeli. The major-
ity — 57 percent — defined them-
selves first as Jewish, while 22
percent defined themselves as Is-
raeli first. Eighteen percent de-
fined themselves as equally
Jewish and Israeli.
Nearly half agreed with the
statement that "the Jewish
Agency represents all parts of the
Jewish people abroad and there-
fore acts as a parliament of the
Diaspora Jews," but more than a
The survey showed a split on
the question of whether the Jew-
ish Agency should confine its ac-
tivities to promoting immigration
Forty-five percent agreed with
the proposition that the Jewish
Agency should only work for im-
migration, but 36 percent op-
posed that notion.
In a question reflecting concern
by American Jews as to why Is-
rael's increased prosperity has
not sparked a growth of philan-
thropy in that country, the sur-
vey asked Israelis the likelihood
of their donating to various caus-
Forty-three percent said the
chances were good that they
would donate to neighborhood
and youth centers in impover-
ished Israeli development towns.
Such programs were at the heart
of the Jewish Agency's Project Re-
newal program, which linked
American Jewish communities
to development towns in Israel.
But slightly more — 48 percent
— said they would reach into
their pockets to assist needy Jews
in the Diaspora.
The survey, part of Gallup Is-
rael's regular polling of the Israeli
public, included a sample of more
than 600 Jewish adults. The mar-
gin of error was plus or minus 4
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