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Monday, June 07, 2010

Plurality Blames Pro-Palestinian Activists, Not Israel

Gallup recently reported that the majority of Americans support Israel in saying "their sympathies in the Middle East situation lie more with the Israelis than with the Palestinians," after the national headlines blasted news of Israel stopping a ship headed for Gaza for supposedly humanitarian purposes.

Today Rasmussen confirms Gallup's findings with their own poll showing the plurality of voters blame the pro-Palestinian activists on the Gaza-bound aid ships and not Israel.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters believe pro-Palestinian activists on the Gaza-bound aid ships raided by Israeli forces are to blame for the deaths that resulted in the high-profile incident.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% of voters think the Israelis are to blame. Thirty-two percent (32%) more are not sure.

Americans understand that Israel has the right and the obligation to protect themselves against attacks coming from Gaza and by enforcing the blockade, allowing humanitarian aid but not allowing weapons to make it through to attack Israel.

The pro-Palestinian activists wanted an international incident, wanted to paint Israel as unreasonable and in the wrong, but they misplayed their hand and instead the majority/pluarality has seen the truth about that supposed "aid".