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United States: President Biden’s response to the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza is widely unpopular, according to a study released on Tuesday.

 Unveiling Public Sentiment

 As per The New York Times/Siena poll, 33 percent of those who polled agreed with Biden’s Israel policy, compared to 57 percent who are not in favor of this policy. The results highlighted the massive divide in opinion among Americans on the best course of action in the conflict.

The Biden administration has backed Israel in the fight since its inception, a stance that has sparked criticism as the Israeli military effort stalls despite growing international resistance.

However, those who oppose Biden are divided, with around one-third believing that the US is overly supportive of Israel. Just under a third (28%) agreed with Palestinians, while the remaining respondents (39%) said the support was “about right.”

President of United States Joe Biden with Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu | Credits: Getty Images

Eight (8) countries voted against a resolution to cease-fire at the UN last week; Biden’s administration and Israel are under increasing pressure to implement a cease-fire to assist Gaza’s civilian population.

International Pressure and Humanitarian Crisis

According to the UN, the entire population of 2.3 million has been displaced from their residence and requires humanitarian assistance. About 20,000 Palestinians have been killed in the conflict, with about 70 percent of the dead being women and children, according to Gaza Health Ministry.

In recent weeks, the Biden administration has urged Israel to restrict its military push into southern Gaza in order to reduce civilian losses, but the nation has shown no evidence of noticing that advice.

The execution of three Israeli captives by the Israeli military on Saturday heightened tensions across the nation, with many Israelis urging their government to prioritize the return of the estimated 100 hostages remaining held by Hamas in Gaza above a larger military campaign. 

Flags of Israel and United States | Credits: Shutterstock

Public Opinion on Cease-Fire

As per the polls, a majority of the Israeli military should go for a cease-fire to help Palestinian civilians, out of which 44 percent of respondents signaled support for a cease-fire, compared to 39 percent wanting to continue military operations.

Nearly half of respondents, 48 percent, believed Israel is not doing enough to reduce civilian losses, echoing Biden administration worries. Just under half of those polled (48%) believed that civilians are intentionally killed.

Opinions were similarly split by age, with younger respondents being more inclined than older respondents to oppose the Biden administration’s actions and sympathize with Palestinians. Almost three-quarters of individuals aged 18 to 29 oppose Biden’s Israel policy.

A poll survey of about 1,000 voters was conducted by The Times/Siena from December 10-14, with a 3.5 percent marginal error.

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