Despite President Obama’s fractious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and despite the rise of anti-Israel boycott movements on college campuses, the American people remain supportive of Israel. Gallup reports:
Americans’ views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remained steady over the past year, with 62% of Americans saying their sympathies lie more with the Israelis and 15% favoring the Palestinians. About one in four continue to be neutral, including 9% who sympathize with neither side, 3% who sympathize with both, and 11% expressing no opinion.
The most significant change in Israel polling over the last generation is in the source of Israel’s support. While Republicans and Democrats favored Israel in roughly equal numbers in 1990, Israel’s support is now more polarized: 79 percent of Republicans sympathize more with the Israelis, compared to 53 percent of Democrats. Moreover, while support for establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank ticked up this year (Americans now favor this by a 7-point margin), “there were larger margins in favor of a Palestinian state in most prior years.”That said, the results are consistent with some the steadiest trends in American polling since the 1970s: (a) Americans sympathize more with the Israelis than with their enemies (b) the pro-Israel numbers have been increasing decade after decade (c) Americans want to see justice done for both parties in the dispute so far as that is possible.