As Israel faces one of its most challenging periods in recent history, a beacon of solidarity shines from the United States. Recent data reveals a compelling truth: the American people stand firmly with Israel. In the aftermath of the unprovoked and tragic events instigated by Hamas, leaving more than 1,400 Israelis dead, the hearts of Americans are unequivocally with the people of Israel.
A new survey from CNN divulges a telling stance. Out of 1,003 American adults polled, half assert that Israel’s military response is “fully justified.” An additional 20 percent deem it “partially justified.” These figures aren’t just statistics; they represent a resounding chorus of support, an acknowledgment of Israel’s sovereign right to defend its citizens. Remarkably, a staggering 96 percent of participants express either “a lot” or “some” sympathy for Israelis, an undeniable testament to the shared values that underpin the U.S.-Israel relationship.
While the survey notes widespread American sympathy for the Palestinian people, it also highlights a critical reality: vocal protests against Israel’s actions, primarily visible on college campuses and certain urban gatherings, don’t mirror the broader public sentiment. This discrepancy is particularly noteworthy amongst young adults (ages 18-35) and people of color, with those fully endorsing Israel’s actions notably surpassing dissenters.
However, consensus on support for Israel doesn’t extend to confidence in U.S. President Joe Biden’s crisis management, divided starkly along partisan lines. A slight majority express skepticism towards President Biden’s decision-making concerning Israel, underscoring the complexity of domestic political dynamics.
This unequivocal backing comes amidst disturbing displays of antisemitism, particularly from groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The organization faced intense criticism for its response to Hamas’s aggression, with figures like Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and NYC Mayor Eric Adams (D) publicly denouncing the blatant antisemitic rhetoric and actions. Mayor Adams’s pointed observation rings particularly true: the blatant double standard in addressing antisemitism is not just troubling—it’s unacceptable.
In these trying times, the unity and fortitude demonstrated by American support are more than symbolic; they’re foundational. As Israel navigates through these tribulations, the values it embodies—democracy, perseverance, and an unyielding commitment to life and freedom—shine even brighter.
Israel’s resilience stands as a testament to these principles, echoed loudly in the supportive voices from across the Atlantic. Together, we reaffirm the sanctity of life, the pursuit of peace, and the unassailable right of a nation to defend its people. In this unity, we find strength; in this solidarity, we see hope. For a future where peace prevails, we stand united.