Israel-Hamas war top of mind for Iowa voters heading into caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hawkeye State voters are dialed in on agriculture, inflation, and immigration, but there’s one foreign policy area that’s high on their priority list.

The IsraelHamas war is playing a major role in how voters approach the caucuses on Jan. 15. For many voters here, support for Israel has become their No. 1 issue.

The Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on southern Israel triggered the war by killing around 1,200 people and taking some 250 others hostage. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 23,000 people in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory. The numbers do not specify the difference between the deaths of civilians and
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