Poll finds Americans overwhelmingly support Israel’s war on Hamas, but younger Americans defend Hamas

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A poll of Americans found that an overwhelming number support Israel’s war on Hamas terrorists, but a majority of younger Americans were sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians.

The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll found that 84% of respondents sided with Israel while only 16% sided with the Hamas militants.

Among older Americans aged 65 years and older, 95% said they supported Israel while only 5% said they supported Hamas.

A slight majority of 51% of Americans aged 18 to 24 years said that the terror attack by Hamas on Israel could be justified by the grievances of Palestinians. 49% of those the same ages disagreed that the attack could be justified.

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“There is strong support for Israel across all parties and against Hamas. They think Israel should not cease hostilities until they have weakened Hamas,” said Mark Penn, a co-director of the poll.

“However, those of college age are split on the Israel-Hamas issue,” he continued, “many of them do not believe Hamas committed any atrocities and that Israel was responsible for the hospital bombing. Seniors in contrast provide universal support for Israel.”

A previous poll from CBS News also showed that most Americans didn’t believe President Joe Biden was handling the Middle East conflict very well.

The poll also found that a majority of Americans, 56%, disapprove of Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war, while only 44% approved of his handling. 76% said that the U.S. should send humanitarian aid to Israel while 48% said the U.S. should send weapons and supplies to Israel.

“American leadership is what holds the world together. America’s alliances are what keep us safe,” Biden said in an address to the nation about the Israeli conflict.

“American values are what make us a partner that other nations want to work with,” he added. “To put all of that at risk if we walk away from Ukraine and turn our backs on Israel. It’s just not worth it.”

Here’s more about American support for Israel:

How Americans view Biden’s handling of Israel-Hamas war, according to CBS pollingwww.youtube.com

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