Where do Americans stand in the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza? Largely with Israel, according to a new poll.
A CNN/ORC International poll released just this morning shows that most American support Israel and believe their military strikes against Gaza are “justified.” Roughly 57 percent of Americans believe that Israel is justified in its military action against Hamas militants and commanders in Gaza while 25 percent believe the attacks to be completely unjustified. The remaining had no opinion.
When broken down, the survey shows that most individuals followed a partisan perspective, with 74 percent of Republicans supporting Israel and 41 percent of Democrats agreeing. 59 percent of self-styled “Independents” saw Israel as “justified.”
“Support for Israel’s military action is 13 points higher among men than among women, and 15 points higher among older Americans than among younger Americans,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinians began just last week when over 100 rockets were fired into Israel by Hamas in response to the targeted assassination of Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari. Following the attack on Israel, the Israeli Defense Force began implementing Operation Pillar of Defense, launching missiles at Hamas targets.
In the days that have followed, good information has been nearly suffocated by incessant op-eds regarding this side and that side’s justification in the conflict, with errant reports suggesting everything from Israel’s missile attacks amounting to a human rights violation to Hamas purposely setting up in residential areas to use their own people as human targets.
What’s true? You’ll have to divine that for yourself, but the poll shows that most Americans join President Barack Obama in their support for Israel.