American Support for Israel Remains Strong

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The Israel Project's latest TIP survey released Monday showed a majority of American voters, both Republicans and Democrats, remain committed to Israel, the Washington-based group reported on its website.

The telephone poll of 800 registered voters showed that 66 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats oppose the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.

Fifty-one percent are against a unilateral declaration of statehood without a peace treaty with Israel, and 54 percent said the U.S. should not recognize a Palestinian state without a signed peace agreement.

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans polled said Israel is trying to move the peace process forward, while 72 percent said Palestinians are making either no effort or not much effort.

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Overall, 58 percent of those polled said the U.S. should support Israel.

The report quoted U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who told the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week that "the tough issues between Israelis and Palestinians can be resolved only by direct negotiations between the parties, not [at U.N. headquarters] in New York."

Likewise, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., told the committee the U.S. should do all it can to "ensure that the Palestinian lobby does not gain member status in the U.N. before negotiating a true peace with our ally Israel."

Israel Project President Jennifer Laszlo said many Americans believe the real problem is the "culture of hate that encourages young Palestinians to commit acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens."

"Palestinians commit acts of terrorism against Israeli civilians. They do not see how an empty declaration of Palestinian statehood can bring peace until the hatred ends," she said.

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