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Majority of Americans back Israel, poll shows

A majority of Americans back Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip, according to a poll.

The CNN poll, conducted from Friday to Sunday – just as Israel was launching its ground operation following days of airstrikes that began July 8 – finds that 57 percent of Americans see Israel’s actions as justified, with 12 percent among those respondents saying Israel is not using enough force.

CNN notes that the same percentage, 57 percent, believed Israel was justified in its use of force during the previous conflict with Hamas in Gaza in 2012, and 63 percent thought it was justified during the 2008-2009 Cast Lead conflict.

The survey carried out by ORC International finds, however, that Israel’s unfavorables were climbing, with 38 percent saying that they had an unfavorable opinion of the country, up 14 percent from February, and 60 percent posting a favorable opinion, down from 72 percent in February.

The telephone poll of 1,012 Americans has a margin of error of three percentage points.

JTA

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