The American People, Unlike US Congress Leaders, Are Not United for Israel

by | Jul 12, 2022

A Pew Research Center poll conducted in March indicates that Americans have rather evenly divided views in regard to the government of Israel. While 48 percent of polled Americans stated they have a favorable view of the Israeli government, nearly as many — 44 percent — said they have a negative view.

In contrast, among United States Congress top leadership members — both Republican and Democratic, the support for the government of Israel appears unanimous and over the top.

“The United States takes great pride in our ironclad bond with Israel,” proclaimed US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a May 4 press release concerning the anniversary of the Israel’s Independence Day.

Meanwhile, in the House minority, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued a February 21 press release touting McCarthy being on a trip in Israel with over two dozen Republican members of the House “to reaffirm the special relationship” between Israel and the US. Also visiting Israel at the same time were 14 Democratic House members. In his press release McCarthy proclaimed:

America supports Israel. And Israel supports America.

The story is much the same with top Democratic and Republican leaders in the US Senate.

“Israel is a staunch and steady ally and we must work with our ally to ensure it has the means to sufficiently defend itself from deadly terrorist rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians,” stated Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in a December 20, 2019 press release announcing the Senate’s approval of spending a half billion dollars on weapons for Israel.

Then there is Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republicans’ leader in the Senate. McConnell made a May 17, 2021 post at Facebook including video of him praising Israel. The post started with the following printed statement by McConnell similar to some of McConnell’s comments in the video:

I’m proud to support Israel. Let’s leave no doubt where America stands. The United States needs to stand four-square behind our ally.

This statement by Sen. McConnell seems to well describe where he and his fellow congressional leaders stand, but it is not an authentic description of where the American people stand.


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  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.