Bloomberg by the Numbers: 64

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An Israeli woman and her children stay in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 12, 2012 in Netivot, Israel.

That’s the percentage of Americans who say they’re more sympathetic to the Israelis than to the Palestinians amid stalled Middle East peace talks, according to Gallup.

The 64 percent figure ties a 25-year high set in 1991 during the Persian Gulf War, according to Gallup. Twelve percent said they sympathized more with the Palestinians, according to interviews conducted last month.

“Consistent with prior years, Republicans are substantially more likely than Democrats to favor the Israelis, 78% vs. 55%, with the preferences of independents — currently 63% — more closely matching those of Democrats,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad said in a written analysis.

President Barack Obama visits Israel this week, his first trip to the nation as president. Obama said that “all options are on the table” in trying to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons capability, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Jonathan Ferziger reported.


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