U.S. Support for Pressuring Israel to Resolve Palestinian Conflict at All-time High, Poll Finds

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of West Bank settlements in a press briefing to present his annexation plan, ahead of Israel's 2019 election.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of West Bank settlements in a press briefing to present his annexation plan, ahead of Israel's 2019 election.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
Washington

WASHINGTON – American support for pressuring Israel to resolve its conflict with the Palestinians is at an all-time high, according to a new poll.

According to Gallup's annual survey on American views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 34 percent of Americans want to see the U.S. government further push Israel. Most notably, 53 percent of Democrats now support this approach — the first time the majority of Democrats have adopted this position. Further, 67 percent of Democrats polled support Palestinian statehood.

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The new data puts a numerical value on a development often discussed within the Democratic Party, particularly since 2018 when several notable progressive lawmakers were elected to Congress, including several who back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. 

These lawmakers recently wrote two letters to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the Biden administration to rethink its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while pushing Israel to better facilitate vaccine distribution to Palestinians. Several noteworthy senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, wrote their own similar letter to Blinken.

American's overall opinion of Israel, meanwhile, remains highly positive at 75 percent while a record-high 25 percent sympathizes more with Palestinians than with Israelis. The Palestinian Authority also has a new record-high approval of 30 percent. Despite the high points of support for Palestinians, there has not been a change over the past year in Americans' general stance on the conflict, with 58 percent of Americans sympathizing with Israel.

Republicans, meanwhile, are largely consistent in their support for Israel, with 80 percent sympathizing with Israel and 65 percent believing the U.S. needs to futher pressure the Palestinians. Further, 50 percent of Republicans do not support Palestinian statehood.

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