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In another poll of US voters, conducted last week by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the Israel Project, support for Israel had grown since conflicts began with Hizbullah and Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian group that was elected into power last January in the Palestinian territories. Conflict erupted between Israel and Hamas in Gaza last month over the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier. The latest Israel Project poll found that US public support of Israel had risen to 60 percent, up from 45 percent last January, before the election of Hamas. Support for the Palestinians remained at 7 percent in both polls.

"Americans are so close to Israel that when Israel's at war, they really rally around Israel," says Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder of the Israel Project, a US advocacy group for Israel. "You can't expect that that level of excitement will sustain throughout a military engagement."

Remember, Bush's support from Jewish voters grew from 11 to 24% in 2000 vs 2004.

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