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Picking Sides

While trying to track down the poll that Beinart refers to here, I found a remarkable international poll that showed the general consensus around the world that other nations should not take sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict.  Those favouring support for the Israeli side was greatest in India (24%) and, as might be expected, here in the U.S. at 21%, but an overwhelming majority (71%) thinks the U.S. should not take sides.  Certainly, when Americans are asked whether they support Israelis or Palestinians, they will tend to prefer the former when compelled to make a choice between the two, but the striking thing about this poll is that most Americans are uninterested in picking a side.  There were two nations where supporting the Palestinian side commanded a majority (Iran at 63% and Egypt at 86%), but they were distinctly in the minority of the eighteen countries included in the poll.  Naturally, Muslim nations lean towards the Palestinians, but there are also sizeable constituencies in Turkey and Indonesia that support neutrality.  For all of the endless talk about how “pro-Israel” policies have the support of the American public, those who endorse a simple pro-Israel line are a distinct minority even in the United States.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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