From Huffington Post
Co-Founder, Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue and Religious Freedom USA
Contrary to common assumptions, many Jewish and Muslim Americans enjoy warm relations. Yet we are only beginning to understand how and why this is so. A Gallup report released last week goes a long way to explaining this unexpected trend and shows that the two communities have more in common than is often thought.
The report, “Muslim Americans: Faith, Freedom, and the Future,” reveals that overwhelming numbers of Jewish Americans believe Muslim Americans are loyal to their country — 80 percent to be exact. Aside from Muslims themselves, no other religious community demonstrates such confidence in the loyalty of America’s Muslim citizens.
Further, it seems that Jewish and Muslim Americans share a number of common political views, even about issues as contentious as the Middle East conflict. The same study indicates that 81 percent of Muslim Americans and 78 percent of Jewish Americans support a two-state solution, which would enable Israel and a future independent Palestinian state to live side by side. While dialogue about the Middle East conflict remains contentious, the vision for a long-term solution appears surprisingly similar.