of Democrats Say United States is ‘Too Supportive’ of Israel
March 26, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to reassure attendees to
the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference that her party
backed Israel, a new poll finds
that a plurality of Democrats say that the United States is "too
supportive" of our longtime ally.
to a Quinnipiac poll, 38 percent of Democrats said that the U.S. was "too
supportive" of Israel, compared with 30 percent who said the relationship
between the two countries was about right and just 11 percent who said the U.S.
wasn't supportive enough. In contrast, just 8 percent of Republicans said the
U.S. was "too supportive," compared to the 67 percent who said the
current relationship was "about right," and 19 percent who said the
U.S. was not supportive enough.
differences between the two parties was even more pronounced on the question of
with which side people sympathize. While Democrats were closely divided
(sympathizing with Israelis over Palestinians by a narrow 27 percent to 26
percent), Republicans sympathized with Israel 78 percent to just three percent,
or a dramatic 26-to-1 margin.
stark and widening contrast among the two parties, apparent in polls for awhile,
is starting to manifest itself in policy.
former President Barack Obama was at odds with Israel for much of his
presidency, President Trump has pursued the most pro-Israel policies of any U.S.
administration in history. Meanwhile, more and more Democrats have adopted a
hostile posture toward Israel, even to the point of normalizing
anti-Semitism by dishonestly laundering it as mere criticism of Israel.