Poll: Majority of Americans Say Israel's Gaza Offensive Is Justified

CNN poll indicates 57 percent of Americans support Israeli strikes in Gaza, while only a quarter believe IDF's military action is unjustified.

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A majority of Americans believe Israel's military action in the Gaza Strip is justified, according to a CNN poll released on Monday.

The CNN/ORC International poll indicated that 57 percent of Americans support Israel's offensive against Hamas, while 25 percent of U.S. citizens believe Israel's attacks on Gaza are unjustified.

Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense entered its sixth day on Monday. The IDF attacked more than 1,350 targets in the Gaza Strip since the start of the operation, while more than 1,000 rockets were fired at Israel.

The support varied greatly according to political orientation. Only 40 percent of Democrats believed Israel's Gaza operation was justified, compared to 74 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents.

Moreover, almost 60 percent of Americans said they side with the Israelis, as opposed to 13 percent of U.S. citizens who said they sympathize with the Palestinians.

Earlier Monday, Haaretz released a poll that indicated that more than 90 percent of Israeli Jews support Israel's Gaza offensive.

According to a Haaretz-Dialog poll taken Sunday, 84 percent of the Israeli public supports Operation Pillar of Defense, with 12 percent opposing it. The poll surveyed proportional samples of Jews and Arabs, and Jewish support for the war stands at upward of 90 percent. At the same time, however, only 30 percent of the Israeli public supports a ground attack in Gaza.

An explosion and smoke following Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Saturday, November 17.Credit: Reuters
Soldiers massing next to Gaza on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.Credit: Nir Kafri

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