Anti-Israel Democrats can’t accept that American politicians support Israel because Americans support Israel, not because they’ve been bought off with ‘Benjamins’ or are disloyal to the U.S.
The Democrat Party is trying to come to grips with the antisemitic agitation by Minnesota Rep. Ihlan Omar, backed by Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that Americans who support Israel do so for money and have pledged allegiance to Israel.
These dual-loyalty and disloyalty accusations are echoed by left-wing and Islamist Democrat activists.
We have made the point in the past that support for Israel was at historical highs, as measured by Gallup. When Gallup released its results in March 2018, Gallup: Americans’ support for Israel increases to historical high:
These findings reinforce a point I’ve made many times. The so-called “Israel Lobby” is the American people.
Gallup just released its 2019 report, and finds that support for Israel over the Palestinians has dropped slightly, returning to the level in 2009. This drop was largely due to a drop in support among Republicans, which is hard to understand. So we’ll have to see if this is a blip, or a long-term trend. As other polling has showed, the weakest support for Israel comes from liberal Democrats.
Gallup reports, Americans, but Not Liberal Democrats, Mostly Pro-Israel:
The majority of Americans remain partial toward Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 59% saying they sympathize more with the Israelis whereas 21% sympathize more with the Palestinians. While still widespread, sympathy toward Israel is down from 64% in 2018 and marks the lowest percentage favoring Israel since 2009. Meanwhile, the 21% sympathizing more with the Palestinians, statistically unchanged from a year ago, is the highest by one point in Gallup’s trend since 2001.
These results are based on Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey, conducted each February. The 2019 poll was conducted Feb. 1-10 prior to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent remarks questioning U.S. support for Israel and suggesting that some supporters of Israel are pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.” ….
It’s important to put this in historical context. The Gallup 2019 report doesn’t have the chart going back beyond 2001, but the 2018 report had longer historical data. That’s one of the benefit of using Gallup rather than other polls, they have been asking the same question for decades, so regardless of you accept their polling methodology, the trend is what’s important since the methodology hasn’t changed.
The historical data since the late 1980s show much weaker support for Israel than today, so the long-term trend is in Israel’s favor:
Gallup found the drop was sharpest among Republicans. That makes no sense, but the poll is what it is:
The slight decline in U.S. sympathies toward Israel in the past year can be explained by drops among both major party groups.
The percentage of Republicans saying they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict fell from an all-time high of 87% in 2018 to 76% today. Last year’s reading was taken as the Donald Trump administration was preparing to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a change that highlighted Trump’s strong support of Israel.
The percentage of Democrats siding more with Israel fell less sharply, from 49% to 43%; however, today’s figure approaches the lowest level of Democratic partiality toward Israel since 2005….
In terms of recent changes, however, most of the decline in net sympathy for Israel has occurred among liberal Democrats, from +17 in 2013-2016 to +3 in 2017-2019. What this means is that nearly as many liberal Democrats now sympathize more with the Palestinians (38%) as with the Israelis (41%), with the rest favoring neither side or unsure.
The BDS campus activists have moved into the media and Congress. They are pushing their anti-Jewish conspiracy theories harder than ever, and are in the process of destroying the Democrat Party from within as it did to the British Labour Party.
Democrats let the antisemitic BDS barbarians inside the gates, now they can’t remove them.
Fortunately, there’s little evidence that the Leftist-Islamist anti-Jewish dual-loyalty and disloyalty charges have spread to the general population.DONATE
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