What the Australian public thinks of Israeli settlements - from the Sydney Morning Herald's online poll Have Your Say:
Question: Do you support Barack Obama's stand against Israel's construction of Jewish settlements in occupied territories?
Don't Know: 17.9%
Support for Israel may be in the Prime Minister's DNA, but almost three-quarters of Herald respondents have not been similarly genetically altered.
If, on the other hand, you read Murdoch's Australian and its recycled Wall Street Journal propaganda pieces, you may have encountered the following: "Pop quiz: What does more to galvanise radical anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world: (a) Israeli settlements on the West Bank; or (b) a Lady Gaga music video?" (Islamists' real target is seriously Gaga, Bret Stephens, 5/4/10)
If, like those Herald respondents above, you answered (a), Bret reckons "you are perfectly in synch with the new Beltway conventional wisdom, now jointly defined by Pat Buchanan and his strange bedfellows within the Obama administration," which is his way of telling you you're a right dickhead. If, however, you answered (b), Bret reckons "you probably have a grasp of the historical roots of modern jihadism," which means he thinks you're pretty cool because, like him, you know that it's really Western tits and bums that get your jihadis going, not Israeli settlements.
Always a better class of polling in the Murdoch press.