Majority of Americans think Israeli attacks in Gaza 'justified': Poll

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 06:20 hrs

A majority of Americans believe that Israel's latest military strikes against Gaza are justified, a new survey has revealed.

A CNN/ORC International poll showed that 57 percent of the public said Israel is justified in taking military action in Gaza against Hamas.

According to the poll, one in four American said the attacks are unjustified.

"Although most Americans think the Israeli actions are justified, there are key segments of the public who don't necessarily feel that way," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

Holland also said the poll showed that only four in ten Democrats think the Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents.

"Support for Israel's military action is 13 points higher among men than among women, and 15 points higher among older Americans than among younger Americans," Holland added.

The fighting began last week with rocket attacks into Israel from Gaza, to which Israel responded with an aerial offensive.

Palestinian emergency services said Monday that nearly 100 people have been killed in Gaza, with around 750 injured.

The Israel Defense Forces said three people in Israel have been killed, with nearly 70 injured. (ANI)

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