Israeli PM orders survey of American Jews stopped

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Associated Press

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:33 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says the prime minister has directed government ministries to stop distributing a survey that asked sensitive questions about relations between American Jews and Israel.

Israeli consulates in the United States helped distribute the questionnaire to thousands of American Jews and Israelis living in the U.S. The survey, done in partnership with two American Jewish groups, asked questions about issues such as where their loyalties lay and what they thought about pro-Israel lobbying in Washington.

The official said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the survey stopped. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to publicly discuss internal government decisions.

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