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While Millennials in the US Lean Left, in Israel They're Turning Conservative: Here's Why

Laura E. Adkins and Ben Sales : Apr 16, 2019 : Times of Israel

"There are young people who like Netanyahu's ideology. They see the diplomatic achievements of Netanyahu and believe in him. Those are the facts and that's the reality." – Eli Hazan

(Israel) — [Timesofisrael.com] While American millennials have a reputation for liberal politics, young Israeli Jews have gone the opposite direction over time. For at least the past 10 years, these voters have identified as right wing at much higher levels than their parents. (Photo Credit: Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

According to the 2018 Israeli Democracy Index (an annual study by the Israeli Democracy Institute, a nonpartisan Israeli think tank), approximately 64 percent of Israeli Jews aged 18-34 identify as right wing, compared to 47 percent of those 35 and older. An Israeli Democracy Institute survey conducted just one week before Tuesday's election likewise found a direct correlation between age and support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 65 percent of Israeli Jews aged 18-24, and 53 percent of those 25-34, favored Netanyahu winning re-election, while 17 percent and 33 percent, respectively, preferred his more centrist rival, Benny Gantz.

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