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New Survey Reveals Vast Majority of Americans More Sympathetic to Israel Than PA; Still Support Palestinian Statehood

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An Israeli and American Flag. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

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Findings of a Gallup poll released on Monday revealed that though most Americans are more sympathetic to Israel than to the Palestinian Authority, a majority also favors the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

The survey further indicated that Republicans are more likely to be disposed favorably to Israel than Democrats.

The poll, conducted by phone at the beginning of February, among a random sample of 1,021 adults (18 and older) across the United States, also showed that Americans’ views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have remained steady over the past year, with 62 percent saying their sympathies lie more with the Israelis, as opposed to 15% favoring the Palestinians.

According to Gallup, these findings are consistent with patterns in the US spanning the last 15 years, with “dips and spikes,” depending on current events. For example, sympathy for Israel increased in 2006 to 59%, from 52% the year before, in a poll conducted in the aftermath of the 2006 Palestinian elections, which gave the terrorist organization, Hamas, a parliamentary landslide, enabling it to take control of the Gaza Strip.

Since then, Gallup has found support for Israel among Americans remaining at 58% or higher, with both Republican and Democratic support for Israel increasing over the past decade, but with the former growing by a larger margin.

Gallup concluded that, given these findings, “It is intriguing that more Americans continue to favor than oppose the creation of a Palestinian state. The finding suggests that despite the lack of US diplomatic activity on this issue in recent years, it is still something Americans would generally welcome should the next president be willing to work toward it.”

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  • Sally

    Israel represents the 21st century. Moslems in the Middle East represent the 7th century. What do Americans prefer? Without the hatred that Obama has spawned since 2008 we would not have the BDS movement on campuses throughout the country. After he is gone and the Republicans are in the White House the pendulum will swing back to Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood and their many organizations that have been trying to Islamize America will fade into the background. They won’t be traipsing through the Whit a House at will anymore.

  • Emily Watson

    That’s right. I am an American and March 15th I will vote in the primary for the candidate that is pro Israel. Anyone pro Israel will be pro American. We’ll be the happiest people when obama is gone. I detest everything he stand for. I didn’t vote for him either time and this election so is everyone, well 90% are against him. That makes me so happy. I’m not Jewish but if I were younger I would convert right away. Thank you Israel for supporting America. This time America will come out on top and so will Israel with the next President. Whether one believes in G-d or not, they want Israel. We’re sick of the violence coming from Hamas and Palestine. It’s an American problem too because they are trying to get in education both public and private. I’ve been fighting the schools where I live and I’ve won each time. Until I take my last breath I will keep fighting.

  • brenrod

    no mystery here… the americans reflect the Israelis…. the Israeli gov supports a pal state and the PM NEVER SAYS:
    Hence those supporting Israel support what Israel says.

  • yves

    The Belgiums are too!


  • Yoel Nitzarim

    As an educated man, a teacher for thirty-six years, thirty-four of them in the Chicago area, and two of them in Israel, who lived in the United States for sixty years until the end of 2013, I would assert that the vast majority of Americans are not truly interested in the Middle East and have felt great consternation towards the people of the Middle East, perhaps with the exception of Israel, become of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular. If the American majority is still behind a two-state solution for the Israeli-Arab conflict, they are not weighing the reality there. The reality for those living in the PA and the Gaza Strip bleak and very possibly chaotic until new leaders come to govern with moderation, the needs of the people paramount in their minds and actions, and the desire and intention to live in real peace with the Jewish State of Israel.

  • stevenl

    For the past 68 years, the West and the Muslims have pressured Israel. What about putting now pressure on the Palestinians.
    Why is the West so obsessed with the creation of one more fanatically genocidal Islamic state?

  • Ephraim

    Let us hope that they remember that before they vote for Hillary. There will be no peace with her, only the insistence that Israel commit suicide in order to grovel to the Palestinians.

  • Jonas

    Sounds as a pro Obama fabrication.