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CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting

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CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting
Posted by CNN Political Unit July 21st, 2014

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/21/cnn-poll-americans-clearly-side-with-israel-in-gaza-fighting/

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say Israel’s military actions in
Gaza are justified, with only four in 10 saying that Israel has used too
much force, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also
indicates that favorable opinions of Israel have edged down since earlier
this year.

The poll was released Monday, as the death toll in the current conflict
soared.

Death toll mounts as U.S. pushes for cease-fire

Monday Palestinians officials reported more killed, bringing the death toll
to around 550. It’s unknown how many were militants, but the United Nations
has estimated that 70% are civilians. Israel announced Monday that seven
more of its soldiers were killed, bringing to 25 the number of Israeli
soldiers who have died. Two Israeli civilians have also been killed.

According to the poll, 57% of the public said the Israeli actions against
Hamas, the Palestinian organization that runs Gaza, are justified, with just
over a third saying they are unjustified.

Forty-three percent of those questioned said Israel’s using about the right
amount of force, with 12% saying they’re not using enough. Nearly four in 10
said Israel is using too much force in Gaza.

“Attitudes toward Israeli military action have been extremely stable over
the years,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In 2012, an
identical 57% thought that Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza were
justified. And in 2009, the number of Americans who felt that way was only a
few points higher, at 63%.”

“Support for U.S. military aid to Israel also remains fairly stable, with
almost two-thirds of Americans saying that U.S. assistance to Israel should
be increased or kept the same,” Holland added.

The survey indicates that 38% have an unfavorable opinion of Israel, up 14
percentage points from February. Sixty percent said they have a favorable
opinion of Israel, down from 72% in February. But that 60% favorable rating
is three times higher than the 20% of Americans who have a positive view of
the Palestinian Authority, the governing body that runs the West Bank.

If the bloodshed continues for a while, don’t be surprised if some partisan
bickering over the fighting in Gaza breaks out in the United States as the
poll suggests a partisan divide.

Forty-five percent of Democrats questioned said that Israeli’s military
actions in Gaza are justified. That number jumps to 56% among independents
and 73% among Republicans.

Photos: Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with
1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling
error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
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    • Anonymous

      Bullfunkel any poll used or run by the MSM is nothing but lies and deception, anyone that still watches or believes the MSM needs to have their head examined. This poll is as phony as the election polls and and anything else important for mankind. Was not that long ago that CNN got caught doing a poll about to many guns in america, and they were asking the question in a foreign country. Now another way they cheat is how the question is worded, and how many suggested answers there are. Piss on CNN piss on the Main Stream Media. If you want truth look elsewhere, these sources and all that work in them are whores and traitors.

    • Anonymous

      If these Christian Zionists care for Christ, not only for Zion, let them learn what Jews and Moslems feel towards Christ. Rami Rozen expressed the Jewish tradition in a long feature in a major Israeli newspaper Haaretz[i]: “Jews feel towards Jesus today what they felt in 4 c or in the Middle Ages… It is not fear, it is hatred and despise”. “For centuries, Jews concealed from Christians their hate to Jesus, and this tradition continues even now”. “He is revolting and repulsive”, said an important modern religious Jewish thinker. Rozen writes that this “repulsion passed from the observant Jews to the general Israeli public”.

      On Christmas Eve, according to a report in the Jerusalem local paper, Kol Ha-Ir[ii], Hassids customarily do not read holy books, as it could save Jesus from eternal punishment (the Talmud teaches that Jesus boils in hell[iii]). This custom was dying out, but Hassids of Habad, the fervent nationalists, brought it back to life. I still remember old Jews spitting while passing by a church, and cursing the dead, while passing by a Christian cemetery. Last year in Jerusalem, a Jew decided to refresh the tradition. He spat at Holy Cross, carried in the procession along the city. Police saved him from further trouble, but the court fined him $50, despite his claim that he just fulfilled his religious duty.

      Last year, the biggest Israeli tabloid Yedioth Aharonoth reprinted in its library the Jewish anti-Gospel, Toledoth Eshu, compiled in the Middle Ages. It is the third recent reprint, including one in a newspaper. If the Gospel is the book of love, Toledoth is the book of hate for Christ. The hero of the book is Judas. He captures Jesus by polluting his purity. According to Toledoth, the conception of Christ was in sin, the miracles of Jesus were witchcraft, his resurrection but a trick.

      Joseph Dan, a Professor of Jewish mysticism in Hebrew University in Jerusalem, writing on the death of Jesus stated: “The modern Jewish apologists, hesitantly adopted by the church, preferred to put the blame on Romans. But the medieval Jew did not wish to pass the buck. He tried to prove that Jesus had to be killed, and he was proud of killing Him. The Jews hated and despised Christ and Christians”. Actually, adds Prof. Dan, there is little place to doubt that the Jewish enemies of Jesus caused his execution.

      Even today, Jews in Israel refer to Jesus by the demeaning word Yeshu (instead of Yeshua), meaning ‘Perish his name’. There is an ongoing argument, whether His name was turned into a swear word, or other way around. In a similar pun, the Gospel is called ‘Avon Gilaion’, the booklet of Sin. These are the endearing feeling of the friends of Christian Zionists towards Christ.

    • ted

      this is pure hogwash–do a real poll, i’ll guarantee less than 25 percent of americans do not give a crap about israel–also most would consider blowing israel off the map given the chance to do so–
      israel is giving the world more reasons to hate jews they create their own hell, keep up the fine work NUTTIN-YAHOO
      In america most of the people couldn’t name our vice-president nor do they even know where israel is on the globe !! so get it right most AMERICANS DO NOT EVEN LIKE ISRAEL NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT–

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