A Majority For A Palestinian State

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 19 2011 @ 12:45pm


Global polling shows 2-1 support across the world, including the American public:

The United States and the Philippines both polled 36% against the resolution. But 45% of Americans and 56% of Filipinos backed recognition. The lowest level of support was in India, with 32% in favour and 25% opposed, with many undecided.

Support was strongest in Egypt, where 90% were in favour and only 9% opposed.

In other Muslim countries, Turkey recorded 60% support, 19% opposition; Pakistan 52% for, 12 against; and Indonesia 51% for, 16% against. Chinese were among the most enthusiastic supporters, with 56% in favour and just 9% opposed.

Note the data from Egypt. Sooner or later, the US will have to choose between its core interests – supporting and allying with the newly democratic nations of the Middle East, from Turkey to Egypt, and getting on the right side of history – or being for ever marginalized in this amazing development by the pro-Greater Israel lobby. If only the US vetoes the Palestinian bid, Israel will have inflicted a devastating blow against its alleged ally (and non one will be more pleased at Obama's humiliation than Netanyahu who has built his government around the destruction of the Obama presidency, and all the opportunities it holds for the US.