Covered at Reason 24/7: Majority of Americans Support Israel Over Palestine, Much Larger Majority Want U.S. Out of Peace Process

alt-text says clickReason 24/7Israel can often be a third-rail in American politics. In 2002, George W. Bush became the first president in U.S. history to support a so-called “two-state solution.” When Barack Obama followed that up in 2011 by supporting Israel’s pre-1967 borders as a starting point for that solution, it wasn’t anything new, even though the reactions might have been. What does this have to do with the United States? Americans are increasingly asking that question.

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

A new poll shows that most Americans support Israel, but do not want the U.S. to take the lead in an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Fifty-five percent of Americans, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday, sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinian Authority. Nine percent sympathize more with the P.A., 14 percent sympathize with neither side and 18 percent had no opinion on the question.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents, though, said the U.S. should leave peace talks to the Israelis and Palestinians, while 26 percent said the U.S. should lead the negotiations.

Leaving the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the Israelis and Palestinians, though it might sound like common sense (and apparently more than two-thirds of Americans agree) is not something any mainstream presidential candidate has ever suggested.

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  • Kurbster||

    Israel could dump white phosphorous all over the Palestinians, and Americans would still believe that Israel is the victim

    oh wait...

  • wareagle||

    and how many peace proposals have the Arabs turned down? Hint: every single one.

  • Kurbster||

    how many jew cocks you stuff in your mouth? Hint: all of them

  • wareagle||

    good to see you are enjoying spring break. Come back when you have an adult comment to offer.

  • Kurbster||

    how did you know this was my first day of spring break?


  • ||

    Dude, how many times do I have to say it, it's the Irish you need to fear. They're behind EVERYTHING. It's the Mick dick you have to look for. Duh.

  • Kurbster||

    but I like the dropkick murphys ;_;

  • Drake||

    And if the Palestinians had enough WP and the means to deliver it, they WOULD dump it all over Israel.

    That's the difference.

  • Drake||

    I support Israel over Palestine, that's why I want the U.S. and the UN out of the "Peace Process".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Israel can often be a third-rail in American politics.

    How many third-rails can we have?

  • DJF||

    Its third-rails all the way down.


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