Despite attempts to present U.S.-Israeli relations as a politicized domestic issue in the United States, a recent Gallup poll taken earlier this month shows that seven out of ten Americans continue to view Israel favorably:
Seventy percent of Americans now view that country favorably, and 62% say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians in the Mideast conflict. By contrast, 17% currently view the Palestinian Authority favorably, and 16% sympathize more with the Palestinians. [..]A key reason Americans’ sympathy for Israel has solidified at a sizable majority level is that Republicans’ support for the Jewish state has increased considerably, rising from 53% in 2000 to more than 80% since 2014 — with just 7% choosing the Palestinian Authority. A particularly large jump in GOP sympathy for Israel occurred in the first few years after 9/11 and at the start of the 2003 Iraq War.Democrats’ support for Israel has also risen since 2000, but not quite as sharply as Republicans’. Additionally, the percentage of Democrats sympathizing with Israel fell 10 points this year to 48%, possibly reflecting the tension between Obama and Netanyahu.
As the media makes much of the friction between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran negotiations, this poll serves as a timely reminder of that American support for Israel is both bipartisan and steadfast—and unlikely to change soon in either respect, despite the Administration’s best efforts.This is why Congress won’t be empty at Netanyahu’s talk next month.