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Americans still view Israel as “their favorite country in the Middle East.” According to a new Gallup Poll released Saturday, recent friction between Israel and the United States over Israel's construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has not dampened American’s admiration of the Jewish State.

Seventy-two percent of poll respondents have a "very favorable" view of Israel. That is the highest percentage since Gallup began the poll in 2010 when it was 67 percent.

Forty-five percent of Americans view Egypt favorably. That is up from 40 percent last year when the country was engulfed in political strife, but nevertheless, it is dwon sharply from the 58 percent in 2010.

Saudi Arabia ranked 35 percent favorable while just 19 percent view Libya favorably, and 19 percent to the Palestinian Authority, 16 percent view Iraq favorably, and only 13 percent have a favorable view of Syria.

Iran hit an all-time low of only 12 percent favorable.

Last Wednesday, the Human Rights Watch reported that the Syrian government was using banned cluster bombs on its own citizens during the ongoing civil war, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Syria’s new polling may reach an all-time low for any country ever surveyed with the American people.

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