The survey, conducted jointly by Reuters and market and public opinion research firm Ipsos, asked 1,000 Americans online about their thoughts on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It found that 70 percent of Americans, including 75 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans, want the Israeli government to declare a ceasefire.
The poll further found that approval of America's support for Israel has dropped from 41 percent in mid-October to only 32 percent. The belief that the U.S. should act as a "neutral mediator" in the conflict rather than taking a side has increased from 27 percent to 39 percent. Finally, 15 percent of the respondents voiced their support for backing the interests and rights of the Palestinian people than those of Israel.
Notably, the survey also found that more Americans are willing to support the Ukrainian military with weapons against Russia than Israel. Just under a third of Americans backed weapons for Israel, while slightly over 40 percent expressed support for arming Ukraine.
The decline in support for Israel is particularly evident among older respondents, likely influenced by weeks of indiscriminate bombings and a brutal ground campaign on Gaza by the Israeli military. It is very likely that support for Israel will continue to drop the longer the conflict in Gaza plays out.
Aside from Americans, leaders from at least 18 United Nations (UN) agencies and prominent non-government organizations (NGOs) are also advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza. Many of these leaders have issued a joint statement urging an immediate ceasefire.
As of Nov. 15, more than 11,000 Palestinians, including over 4,500 children, have been killed by Israel's indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza and the ongoing ground offensive operations in North Gaza. More than 1.6 million Gazans have been displaced by the conflict, and 22 of Gaza's 36 hospitals are no longer functioning.
"We need an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. It's been 30 days. Enough is enough. This must stop now," said the heads of the UN agencies and NGOs, who warn that the death toll and irreversible damage to Gazan infrastructure is likely to get worse without a ceasefire. (Related: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for immediate humanitarian CEASEFIRE in Gaza.)
The UN and NGO heads also brought up the targeted killing of aid workers. "More than 100 attacks against health care have been reported," they noted. "Scores of aid workers have been killed since Oct. 7, including 88 UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East] colleagues – the highest number of United Nations fatalities ever recorded in a single conflict."
"For almost a month, the world has been watching the unfolding situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in shock and horror at the spiraling numbers of lives lost and torn apart," they added.
The UN and NGO chiefs called on all parties involved to uphold their "obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law." They stressed the importance of protecting civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools and allowing aid into Gaza.
They also condemned the blockade of Gaza that has deprived essential goods and services to the Strip's civilian population and decried the ongoing attacks on civilian spaces like refugee camps. "It is unacceptable that the population of Gaza is being bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals, and places of worship," they wrote.
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