More than 60% of U.S. voters want a ceasefire, while just 11% of lawmakers support an end to Israel’s war, according to a new poll.
Support for a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war is far lower among members of the U.S. Congress than among voters.
Data for Progress, a progressive US think tank, said on Tuesday that 61 percent of likely US voters support calls for a permanent ceasefire and a de-escalation of violence in Israel’s war against the besieged Palestinian enclave, which has since killed more than 16,000 people were killed October 7th.
Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib cited the poll in a post on the social media platform A full 76 percent of Democratic voters support a ceasefire.
61% of Americans support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.
76% of Democrats.
57% of independents.
49% of Republicans.
But only… 11% of Congress called for a ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/kJRkFFNGUl
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) December 5, 2023
Last week at the White House, Tlaib – the only Palestinian-American member of Congress to be censured by the US House of Representatives on November 7 – criticized as “despicable” the few dozen lawmakers who called for a ceasefire at the start of the war. designated.
The Data for Progress poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 likely U.S. voters in late November, found that the majority of respondents were concerned about the rise in hatred toward Jewish communities, Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. since the war began.
On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a measure equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, a move that Palestinian human rights activists denounced as “dangerous” and warned that it aims to limit free expression and distract from war.
“Change of attitude”
When asked what priorities the U.S. government should set in its foreign policy response to the crisis, about half of respondents cited diplomatic efforts and about 30 percent cited humanitarian aid.
“Less than one in four voters (24%) choose to ‘send additional military aid and weapons to Israel’ – and just 11% choose ‘sending US troops to support Israeli forces in Gaza’ as a priority “, stated Data for Progress.
The US government provides billions of dollars in military support to Israel and has sent additional taxpayer money since the start of the war.
However, the Biden administration announced Tuesday it would impose visa restrictions on “extremist” Israeli settlers involved in undermining peace, security or stability in the occupied West Bank.
This represents a “change in attitude” towards the conflict, Youcef Bouandel, a professor of political science and international relations at Qatar University, told Al Jazeera. However, he added that the move does not “go far enough.”
Ariel Gold, executive director of the US-based Fellowship of Reconciliation, told Al Jazeera the policy was a “virtue signal” as many settlers have dual citizenship and do not need visas to enter the US.
Last month, another Gallup poll found that 45 percent of Americans disapproved of Israel’s military action in Gaza. It found that 63 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of people of mixed race and 67 percent of young people ages 18 to 34 all opposed the war.
Only 32 percent of Americans approved of President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation between Israel and Hamas, Gallup said.
Source : www.aljazeera.com