Sunday, September 6, 2009
Poll: U.S. Support For Israel High
Hamas fighter with rocket launcher
A new poll conducted on behalf of the Israel Project shows that support for Israel in the United States is high.
It shows that 59 percent of those surveyed consider themselves supporters of Israel in the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. Only a paltry 8 percent identify themselves as Palestinian supporters.
This in spite of the fact that the news media largely ignores rocket attacks on Israel until the Israelis retaliate. Then, suddenly, it becomes an international crisis as the Israelis use their overwhelming military might to protect themselves.
You'd also find it hard to believe if you judge from anecdotal evidence off of Paltalk. If some of the vitriolic rhetoric reserved for Israel - some of it out and out blood libel - was truly reflective of the mindset of the American people, Israel would have little or no support from the United States.
Now juxtapose the results of this poll against one conducted in Israel in which the Israelis showed overwhelming concern that America wasn't supporting their nation any longer. That perception is based in large part on the actions of President Obama who traveled to the Middle East in June to try to repair relations with the Muslim world.
Perhaps he was successful in regaining Muslim trust of the United States. But the Israelis felt he'd ignored them at the expense of the Muslims. Ironically, American support of Israel actually increased following Obama's Cairo address.
Those Israelis and the majority of Americans who support Israel who are concerned that the White House is turning its back on Israel can only hope that the president is reading the polls as well.