Half of American adults believe that Israel has gone too far - study

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WASHINGTON — On Friday, a published study showed that half of American adults believe that Israel has gone too far in its war on Gaza, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

According to a new poll, support for Israel and the Biden administration's handling of the situation is ebbing slightly further across the board. The poll shows 31 percent of US adults approve of Biden's handling of the conflict, including just 46 percent of Democrats.

Melissa Morales, a 36-year-old political independent in Runnemede, New Jersey, says she finds herself watching videos and news from Gaza daily. Images of Palestinian children wounded, orphaned, or unhoused by the fighting in Gaza make her mind go to her own three-year-old boy.

“I just cannot even imagine, like, my son roaming the streets, wanting to be safe. Wanting his mom. Or just wanting someone to get him,” she said.

Israel’s offensive has gone too far, Morales says, and so has the Biden administration’s support for it.

The US has become increasingly isolated in its support of Israel as the Palestinian death toll rises past 27,000, with two-thirds of the victims being women and children. The Biden administration says it is pressing Israel to reduce its killing of civilians and allow in more humanitarian aid.

“These kids ... they are needing the end of this,” Morales said. "It is such an unfair fight."

John Milor, a cybersecurity expert in Clovis, California, who describes himself as a Republican-voting independent, says he remains “100 percent” behind Israel. But Milor notices more young people in his circle speaking out against Israel. A visit to a family friend led to Milor being shocked when the man's stepson denounced Israelis as “warmongers.”

The poll shows that 33 percent of Republicans now say that the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) response has gone too far, up from 18 percent in November. 52 percent of independents say that, up from 39 percent. 62 percent of Democrats say they feel that way, roughly the same majority as in November.

In all, 50 percent of US adults now believe the IOF’s offensive has gone beyond what it should have, the poll found. That is up from 40 percent in a poll conducted in November.

The new poll was conducted from January 25 to 28. Its findings include more worrying news for US President Joe Biden when it comes to support from his own political party.

Fracture lines are growing in his Democratic base, with some key Democratic blocs that Biden will likely need if he is going to win a second term unhappy with his handling of the conflict.

About six in 10 non-white Democrats disapprove of how Biden is approaching the conflict, while about half of white Democrats approve.

Notably, about seven in 10 Democrats under 45 disapprove. That is the opposite of the attitude of older Democrats, among whom nearly six in 10 approve.

Sarah Jackson, a 31-year-old professional closet designer in Chicago, is a Democrat. She says Biden has been about right in his level of support for both Israel and the Palestinians.

But as Israel's air and ground offensive goes on, Jackson's thoughts turn to finding the best way to phase down US support for it, she says.

“At first I was very supportive because I did believe they needed some type of help,” Jackson said.

“But yes, as it goes on, I do become more worried," she said. That includes worrying a new leader will take office here, and phase down support for Israel too abruptly, she says.

About seven in 10 of the Democrats who disapprove of Biden's handling of the conflict say it is extremely or very important for the US to help negotiate a permanent ceasefire.

The poll also shows about half of US adults are extremely or very concerned that the latest war between Israel and Hamas will lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East.

About half have heard “a lot” or “some” about the airstrikes from the US and British militaries against Yemen’s Houthi group. About four in 10 US adults approve of the airstrikes, including about six in 10 of those who say they have heard a lot or some about them. About an additional four in 10 say they neither approve nor disapprove, and about one in 10 disapprove.

The poll shows that 35 percent of US adults now describe Israel as an ally that shares US interests and values.

Thirty-six percent of US adults say the US is not supportive enough of the Palestinians, up slightly from 31 percent in December.

About six in 10 call recovering Israeli captives an important US priority, but only about three in 10 say it is highly important to provide aid to the IOF to fight Hamas.

A similar share of US adults says that about negotiating the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“Everyone deserves a safe space where they can just be. Without interference because of who they are,” she said.

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