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Liberals are rivaled only by Muslims when it comes to fanatical hatred of Israel.

Via Washington Examiner:

Republicans sympathize with Israel in its conflict with Palestinians increasingly more strongly than Democrats do, according to a new Pew Research Center survey, opening up the widest partisan gap on American opinion on Israel since available polling in the late 1970s.

In a survey taken July 8-14, as Israel took military action in Gaza to protect its civilians against a barrage of rockets being launched by Palestinian terrorists, 51 percent of American respondents said they sympathized more with Israel than with the Palestinians, compared with 14 percent who sided more with the Palestinians.

But the partisan breakdown was stark. Though 73 percent of Republicans said they sympathized more with Israel, just 44 percent of Democrats felt that way. According to Pew, “dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider.”

Among ideological groups, conservative Republicans sympathized with Israel over Palestinians by a 77-percent to 4-percent margin. In contrast, just 39 percent of liberal Democrats said they sympathized with Israel, compared with 21 percent who said they sympathized more with Palestinians.

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