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Poll shows most Americans do not support Israel’s actions in Gaza as Biden-Israel relations hit ‘rock bottom’

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Approval of Israel’s actions in Gaza has fallen among Americans for the first time since the conflict began, according to the latest Gallup poll released Wednesday.

“While other recent polls show continued support for Israel, one must expect that having the party leader wage a non-stop political war against Israel on a daily basis will have a negative impact on Democratic voters,” said Richard Goldberg, a senior adviser to the Democratic Party Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and former National Security Council official told Fox News Digital. “President Biden is doing lasting damage to U.S.-Israel relations.”

Gallup’s poll on Israel in Gaza, conducted in November as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu first pushed his troops into the Palestinian enclave, found that at least half of all Americans supported the operation – 45% opposed it and 4% opposed it. expressed no opinion on it.

The poll was conducted before the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution on Monday calling for a ceasefire during Ramadan, Gallup noted.

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“The U.S. actions at the United Nations have brought U.S.-Israel relations to a low point in their history and ruined America’s reputation as a credible ally,” Caroline Glick, a leading Israeli expert on U.S.-Israel relations, told Fox News Digital. She continued: “Israel is waging a multi-front war against Iran and its proxies to ensure its survival. In Tehran, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Jordan, Israel’s enemies saw on Monday that the United States had abandoned Israel at the height of the war, effectively adopting Hamas’ positions.”

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President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AP photo)

The latest poll, conducted between March 1 and March 20, found that 55% of Americans now disapprove of Israel’s actions, 36% approve and 9% have no opinion. Of those surveyed, 74% said they were actively following news about the crisis (a slight increase from the 72% who said the same in November).

The political divide over approval remains clear and consistent: Republicans still overwhelmingly approve, although that approval has fallen from 71% in November to 64% in March. Democrats, who overwhelmingly opposed the measure itself in November, saw approval fall to 18%, with 75% opposing it.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Israeli Defense Forces soldiers at the front line ahead of the first ground invasion. (Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו @netanyahu)

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Gallup highlighted the difficulties President Biden faces among his “most loyal supporters.” Some critics argued that the president “has been too closely aligned with Israel by not taking stronger action to promote a ceasefire and help Palestinian civilians trapped in the war zone.”

USUN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield votes on Gaza at a Security Council meeting.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield votes on a ceasefire in Gaza during a Security Council meeting March 25, 2024, at U.N. headquarters in New York City. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Fox News Digital that Americans have taken on the conflict through multiple channels – traditional media, social media and even conversations with friends and colleagues – but the reporting was different some areas.

“Some Israeli leaders have been critical of their country’s efforts, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, who complained last week that he was surrounded by people who ‘can’t put two words together in English,'” Alterman said.

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“I am also impressed that the narrative in Israel is fundamentally different from the narrative in the rest of the world,” Alterman said. “Israelis engage with stories of their own suffering and heroism, as well as ongoing threats from Palestinians. There is virtually nothing in the Hebrew press about civilian casualties in Gaza or the humanitarian conditions there.”

People fleeing shootings in Gaza

Palestinians disperse as violence breaks out during a humanitarian aid delivery in Gaza City February 29. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Essa, File)

“The international press spreads both types of stories, but it seems to me that many Israelis are embedded in their own narratives and that makes it harder for them to shape others,” he added. “They end up rejecting these narratives as biased or illegitimate rather than reframing them.”

While Republicans approve of what Israel has done, Biden himself only has 16% approval for his handling of the situation, according to a Gallup poll released last week, while Democrats had 47% approval – still a significant drop from 60 % approval in November.

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According to the pollster, Biden’s overall approval rating is about 40% – up from 37% in the November poll, but Gallup attributes the shift to greater confidence in the economy than anything he achieved with Israel.

Benjamin Weinthal of Fox News contributed to this report.

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