Are most U.S. politicians pro-Israel? If so, why?
A large number of US politicians are probably pro-Israel in some sense because a significant number of US voters are either sympathetic to the situation of citizens of Israel or have friends or relatives there. Generally politicians tend to be pro-something if a larger minority of voters are firmly pro-something than any firmly opposing number of voters.
There are other reasons why US politicians and voters might wish to support Israel in some way
- Israel is, like the US, a democracy.
- Israel is a friend of the US in a region of the world that contains nations that are somewhat hostile to the US (e.g. Iran) or who are friendly to nations that are somewhat hostile to the US (e.g. Syria is friends with Russia).
Many US politicians and voters also have some sympathy for the situation of the 21% of Israel's population who are Arab. Their support for Arab politicians in Israel's Palestinian territories has a couple of obstacles:
- Fatah had a history of terrorism. Including against US voters.
- Hamas have aims that conflict with the interests of US voters.
Note: When writing about this, there is no avoiding some terms that are controversial: Israel, Palestine, Israeli, Palestinian, Arab. I am using these terms in what I hope is a neutral way - but you can't please all the people all the time.