(JNS.org) A strong majority of Americans continue to sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians, according to a Gallup poll released Feb. 29. In Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey, 62 percent of American respondents said their sympathies lie with Israel, versus only 15 percent with the Palestinians. A steady pro-Israel trend has been evident in the last 15 years of Gallup surveys on the subject, the polling agency said. Support for Israel is particularly high among Protestant Christians at 72 percent and Republicans at 79 percent. The propensity to side with Israel over the Palestinians drops significantly among Democrats (53 percent) and nonreligious Americans (41 percent).