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Israel ranks third in poll on worst countries in world

A new BBC poll shows that many countries around the world view Israel in a negative light. (AP)
A new BBC poll shows that many countries around the world view Israel in a negative light. (AP)

Israel has come in third in a poll conducted by BBC World Service on Friday on countries that are viewed negatively.

Iran ranked first, with 55 percent of those polled saying they viewed it as a “negative state” while Pakistan came in second with 51 percent followed by Israel with 50 percent of respondents voting it as “negative.”

The poll was conducted over a 3-month period by GlobeScan poll institute which questioned 24,000 people from 22 countries.

According to the poll website, the revelations show an increase in negative perception about Israel’s standing in the world, rising by 3 percent from earlier.

Israel’s standing among European nations suffered a blow with 74 percent in Spain saying they viewed the Zionist state negatively, followed by 69 percent in Germany, 68 percent in Britain and 65 percent in France.

Other countries’ opinion on Israel varied with 26 percent in Russia viewing it in a negative manner, 29 percent in India and 45 percent in China. In Brazil, 58 percent had a negative opinion on Israel.

When asked why Israel suffered such negative opinions, 45 percent of the respondents attributed it to the Israeli government’s policies while 27 percent said it was because of the country’s “bad relationship” with its citizens, a report in Middle East Monitor published on Friday.

Those with the most negative view on Israel came from Egypt with 85 percent.

However, 50 percent of those with a favourable view of Israel came from the United States.

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