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  1. An interesting statistic which must be a wallpaper in the room where Israel’s cabinet meets. Israel’s existence is dependent on the opinion poll in the US. After the embarrassment of the Camp David Accords and later the Oslo Accords, Israel focused it’s policy on aggression and propaganda, telling its lies to manipulate public opinion. I’m not optimistic about any long Democratic leadership in the White House as the House will be in hands of the Republicans. Their base of evangelical christians and a large part of Catholics will ensure the embrace with Israel. See this earlier Pew survey.

    “In the same 2003 survey, 36% of U.S. adults expressed the belief that creation of the state of Israel is a step toward the Second Coming of Jesus.”

    In this survey, there is no hope the US will ever be seen as a neutral broker in the IP conflict. In the Muslim nations, this percentage is in the single digits. Israel has done a great job by abusing the 9/11 attack on the US and equating Palestinians and Arabs to terrorists. The support of Islamophobes in the US and Europe has done the rest.

    1. Your Pew survey is now 10 years old. It was taken before the siege on Gaza, the Iraq war (which went a long way towards making Americans seriously fed up with US involvement in the middle east), Operation Cast Lead, the Mavi Marmara, the bank crash in 2007 and other events causing young Americans to look at what the US is doing with its foreign policy. The future could look very different indeed, if they would vote instead of staying home.

      1. Just crunching the numbers and looking at the spikes and downturn in sympathy for Israel. Looking at the chart over 35 years, the sympathy or antipathy for Palestnians hardly moved. In one month before and after the 9/11 attacks, Israel spiked seven points and Palestinians dropped seven points. In October 2005, the sympathies were back to “normal”. US elections are won or lost on domestic issues. Two states with a large Jewish vote are watched: New York and Florida, the latter being a swing state. Israel is not of importance as an issue except in the heated debate about Islamists and terror. The frustration of US voters with the Middle-East was during the ’80s and the IDF invasion of Lebanon. In the chart you see the slide in sympathy for Israel.

        After the first Gulf War and Saddam’s Scud attack on Israel, Bush #41 and James Baker III played hard-ball which led to the signing of the Oslo accords. Israel did a great job to undo any unwarranted hope for a peace settlement. All other events you mentioned are irrelevant to the US voter who by majority still believe the lie Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 and harbored Al-Qaeda. For an IP solution, watch the developments in Syria and the Arab world where the US is forced out and the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists are moving in. Israel will soon have new neighbours, irrelevant of the apology to Turkey.

        1. I don’t think the Islamists will stay in control. At least not in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood’s popularity is slipping by the day. But Obama is bored with this part of the world and will “pivot” to greener pastures in east Asia.

  2. The graph seems to indicate the opposite of what you claim it does. Democratic preference for Israel has risen significantly over the past ten years. Even more so among independents. Look at where the graph dips around 2005 or so versus where it is today. Preference for Israel among Democrats seems to have spiked higher over the past 8 years.

    1. Gallup Polls on American Sympathy Toward Israel and the Arabs/Palestinians 1967-2013 {skewed in favor of Israel}
      Presently the sympathy as at all-time high of 64%, the same as in 1991 when Israel endured the Scud attacks. The pull-out from Gaza was seen as very favorable and caused a sharp spike. Republican and Independents show upward trend, for Democrats the trend is downward but will have little overall effect. No change in US policy in foreseeable future, that’s why Saudi King Abdullah and GCC states will follow their own policy towards Middle-East. Arabs and Muslims in the world read charts as well.

    2. @Bob Mann: As usual you ignore what is inconvenient to you. The Pew survey doesn’t cover TEN years as you do. It covers 35 years. If you want to focus on only 10 years you will be jury-rigging the facts to suit you.

      Going back 35 years shows that support for Israel has declined among Democrats and shot up astronomially among Republicans. That was my point. Even if you go back only ten years, while support among Dems went up it went up much faster for the GOP, which is still my point.

          1. Your reckoning is wrong. 1978 support for Israel was 45%. 2013 49%. That’s up 4%.

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