Despite the drumbeat of negativity heard virtually every day in the American media from the Obama-Clinton-Ross crowd, Americans support by a strong plurality independence for Palestine. A BBC global poll of 19 countries including the U.S. found that overall 49% backed statehood and 21% opposed. In the U.S. it was 45% for and 36% against. In France, Germany and Britain, support was over 50% and opposition ranged from 20-28%. Overall, 30% of all respondents said either their country should abstain or could not give a definitive answer. Unfortunately, one country missing from the poll appears to be Israel. I’d love to know the numbers for Israel (though they would certainly be negative, but I wonder how negative).
But hey, whoever said anything about democracy influencing world diplomacy? As far as the U.S. is concerned democracy is for chumps, especially when the power brokers get to work divvying up slices of the pie–or in Palestine’s case, withholding them.
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- Poll supports Palestinian state (bbc.co.uk)