Americans still support Israel’s right of self-defense. By 61 percent, Americans lean more toward Israeli interest than the Palestinians (19%). But, one-half say (51%) they support an independent Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank.
Partisanship affects views on Israel, with Democrats most likely to advocate maintaining current support level (55%), but Republicans suggesting the U.S. is not supportive enough (46%). Very few Democrats advocate higher levels of support (9%).
The public is concerned about the future of American interests in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Americans generally want to reduce or not add to Mideast engagement.
- They favor withdrawal from Afghanistan
- Have little interest in jumping into the Syrian conflict
- They want a firm stand on Iran, but would like to avoid war