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New Poll: Almost half of all Americans would support Israel even if its interests diverge from those of The United States


This latest poll/article doesn’t surprise me in the least, for we see it within our own Congress and Senate. Plus I have never forgotten Evangelical author and teacher Kay Arthur’s statement from yrs back, in which she said her loyalty was and will always be with Israel over that of the United States. 

Still yet, it’s an interesting article and poll….

I recently read a book written by Robert O. Smith,More Desired than Our Owne Salvation, which backs up (historically) the results of this poll and the author’s observations.

A new poll from Bloomberg Politics contains a finding that, if you really think about it, is quite remarkable

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Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide. It’s the ultimate violation of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address warning that “nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded. … The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.”

It is inconceivable that a substantial portion of Americans would want to support any other foreign country even where doing so was contrary to U.S. interests. Only Israel commands anything near that level of devoted, self-sacrificing fervor on the part of Americans. So it’s certainly worth asking what accounts for this bizarre aspect of American public opinion.

The answer should make everyone quite uncomfortable: it’s religious fanaticism. The U.S. media loves to mock adversary nations, especially Muslim ones, for being driven by religious extremism, but that is undeniably a major factor, arguably the most significant one, in explaining fervent support for Israel among the American populace. In reporting its poll findings, Bloomberg observed:

Religion appears to play an important role in shaping the numbers. Born-again Christians are more likely than overall poll respondents, 58 percent to 35 percent, to back Israel regardless of U.S. interests. Americans with no religious affiliation were the least likely to feel this way, at 26 percent.

Read more of this interesting article and view the graphs at The Intercept

 

5 comments on “New Poll: Almost half of all Americans would support Israel even if its interests diverge from those of The United States

  1. It’s really wild that half of America’s population would feel this way. I agree that the reason would seem to be religious fanaticism. However, I don’t imagine that anywhere close to half of America is fanatically religious, probably not even 15%.

    I don’t think that religious fanaticism is the (main) reason for this stance in our Congress and Senate either. As former representative Cynthia McKinney has shared, financial payouts from the Israel lobby are a big part of it. (This explains the phenomenon among politicians, but not among the general population.)

    I suspect that, among the general population in the US, this stance has something to do with anti-Muslim sentiments and paranoia, and the belief that Israel is “acting bravely” while being surrounded by Muslim nations. It also probably goes along with the idea that President Obama is allegedly a secret Muslim himself, therefore sides with Muslims, and his administration is less trustworthy than Israel which clearly stands against radical Islam.

    I’m just thinking out loud and trying to make sense of these numbers.🙂

    • Didn’t she lose her seat for speaking out? Keep thinking i read something about it…

      No, i don’t believe it can all be owed to religious fanaticism either. You know me, i keep harping on it in our letters, aha, i believe God sent spiritual blindness is a huge part of this.

      Back many years ago, i watched a PBS special filmed in Germany. The author/photographer traveled throughout Germany interviewing elderly Germans: many who lived near the camps. As you can imagine not many wanted to talk to him. What was interesting was the few who did (none interviewed spoke english, a translator was used) when asked “did you know what was occuring in the camp? they answered yes, they believe they either out-right knew, or suspected. When asked “how could they permit it to go on, without speaking out?”….the few who agreed to the interview (so help me!) said the same thing: they didn’t know. They replied it was as though they were living (then) in a dream-world. Looking back now (or in the 80’s when i saw this) they can not explain it. One did say it was as though a “cloud” was over the nation at the time. Another said she had felt as though the nation was sleep-walking.

      I have never forgotten that Adam. That IS spiritual blindness, or deception. This is what i see in America today. Has it been sent by God? In my heart i believe so.

    • According to Cynthia McKinney’s Wikipedia entry, she ran for the Green Party ticket in 2012, but failed to qualify (she led the Green Party ticket in 2008, and was previously a Democrat). Her bio is interesting. She introduced articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. She attempted to enter the Gaza Strip on a humanitarian ship. And she actively opposed several wars and military conflicts, etc.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_McKinney

    • Believe what i was recalling was the trouble she found herself in after attempting to help get that ship’s supplies into Gaza. Shows you how much power these pro-Israel lobbies/groups have.

      This is a recent video posted at youtube: Cynthia Mckinney: AIPAC is in total control of US Government & few Americans know anything about it

    • I believe that both forces are in play and that there is a synergy between them. An amazingly large percentage of Christians believe, either consciously or subconsciously, that Israel in our day is truly a “biblical” nation. They believe that it is the SAME Israel initially established by God through the Old Testament patriarchs. And the simply have little clue as to the concept that “not all Israel is Israel”. But Islamophobia is also a powerful force. To Americans, Israel’s atrocities are “military actions” but Islamic atrocities are “terrorist operations”. Thus Israel’s employment of excessive force is seen as “justified” whether or not it actually is, while Islamic use of excessive force which tend to be far more horrific than Israel’s, are seen as being barbaric. A major part of the conclusion is that Israeli’s are far more like us than they are and that Israel is literally our only true friend in the Middle East. Its a fairly logical process even though one might have plenty of reason not to accept the underlying assumptions involved. And entrenched non-partisan American foreign policy inertia is feeding this whole syndrome relentlessly by rooting out the old despots while failing to establish modern secular states in their place, creating a virtual playground for the Jim Jones type of the Islamic world.

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