Poll: Americans Stand behind Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel - According to a recent poll, only 6 percent of Americans believe the U.S. should back the Palestinians in the Middle East peace negotiations.

The poll was commissioned by The Israel Project and carried out by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Of the 66 percent who believe the U.S. should support Israel in the peace talks with the Palestinians, 80 percent are Republican voters, while 59 percent are registered Democrats.

Fifty-eight percent of those polled agreed with the statement that "America needs to stand with Israel," rather than that "Israel needs to take care of itself."

A whopping 72 percent agreed that, "Even with all the problems that America faces at home now, we must still work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons."

Asked what President-elect Barack Obama's foreign policy priorities should be, 56 percent of respondents said "ending the war in Iraq," while 41 percent said "restoring global economic growth."

Thirty-five percent said the incoming president should make "defeating al-Qaeda and the Taliban" a priority, and 33 percent said Obama should prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Fifteen percent of those polled said the U.S. should deal with the instability in Pakistan, while 8 percent are concerning about "meeting the threat of Putin's Russia."

Source: Haaretz

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