A large majority of Americans believe the U.S. should have minimal involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to the results of a new survey released by the Anti-Defamation League.
Some 62 percent of respondents agreed with the statement, "It is up to the Palestinians and the Israelis to solve their own problems. Any lasting peace agreement between them must be reached with minimal involvement from the U.S.," while only 29% agreed with the statement, "Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will never take place without the leadership and involvement of the U.S. government."
On the Iranian nuclear issue, 50% of respondents said the U.S. should prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, even it means taking military action, while 41% said a military conflict should be avoided, even if it means Iran can develop nuclear weapons.
Asked what the U.S. response should be if Israel launches a military strike against Iran's nuclear sites, 48% said the U.S. should stay neutral. Some 40% said the U.S. should support Israel's military action while only 9% said the U.S. should oppose Israel's military action.
Some 46% of respondents said the U.S. and its Western allies should keep economic sanctions against Iran until it totally eliminates any capability to build nuclear weapons, while 42% said sanctions should start being eased as an incentive for Iran to totally eliminate any capability to build nuclear weapons.
The survey found overwhelming overall support for Israel among Americans, with 76% of respondents agreeing with the statement that "Israel can be counted on as a strong, loyal U.S. ally." Only 17% disagreed with the statement.
Asked whether their sympathies are more with Israel or the Palestinians, 48% said Israel, while only 16% said the Palestinians.
The telephone poll was conducted for the ADL by Marttila Strategies Oct. 12-22. The margin of error was 2.8%.