US public support for Israel's war in Gaza has fallen significantly in the past month and most Americans now believe Israel should agree to a ceasefire, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos voting.
The poll found that only 32 percent agreed with the statement that the U.S. “should support Israel,” which represents a 9 percent drop since the same question was asked a month ago.
About 68 percent of those polled said they agreed with a statement that “Israel should call a cease-fire and try to negotiate” — a figure made up of three-quarters of Democrats and half of Republicans.
Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the position of lawmakers on both sides of the political divide, most of whom have rejected calls for a ceasefire. The Biden administration refused those calls and instead advocated “humanitarian pauses,” despite killing more than 11,000 Palestinians in one month, including more than 4,500 children. Only one US senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, called for a ceasefire.
The US government is Israel's strongest ally, providing almost unconditional political and material support for decades. The US provides Israel with about $3.8 billion a year for military and missile defense systems and has given more than $130 billion since Israel's founding in 1948. After the massacre of 1,200 people by Hamas on October 7, which sparked the latest conflict in Gaza, President Joe Biden asked Congress to approve an additional $14.3 billion in funding.
The Reuters poll found that just 31 percent of respondents supported sending arms to Israel, while 43 percent were opposed.
Israel launched its war on Gaza in response to a massacre by Hamas in southern Israel that left 1,200 people dead. Israel responded by launching a war that has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, including more than 4,500 children.
As the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened, it requires a ceasefire have grown up. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned this week that Gaza is turning into a “cemetery for children”and that “the unfolding devastation makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with each passing hour.”
The Biden administration has also faced calls for a ceasefire from hundreds of employees, members of the President Joe Bidencampaign and Democratic Party workers, who signed a letter calling on him to “immediately demand a cease-fire.”
Dozens of State Department officials signed internal memos to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that outlined their strong disagreement with the administration's approach to Israel's military campaign. Several internal cables urged Mr. Biden to call for a ceasefire, according The New York Times.
On Wednesday, 24 Democratic members of Congress i wrote a letter to President Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken pushing for an “immediate cessation of hostilities and the establishment of a strong bilateral ceasefire.”
In recent days Israel has hit a number of hospitals and medical facilities throughout the densely populated Gaza Strip, which is home to 2.3 million people. The World Health Organization (WHERE) he's got mentionted that at least 521 people, including 16 doctors, have been killed in 137 “healthcare attacks” and on Tuesday night Israeli troops attacked Gaza larger hospital.
Public support for Israel is generally higher in the US than in more countries in the world, and that support has remained steady. But in recent years, the gap between support for Israel and the Palestinians has narrowed. This “sympathy gap” is located 23 points in favor of Israel as of this year, down from a gap of 42 percent in 2017. According to an annual Gallup poll on Americans' views of Israel, sympathy for the Palestinians among U.S. adults reached a new high of 31 percent a hundred at Marchwhile 54 percent of Americans liked Israelis more, the lowest since 2005.