Little support in Israel for solo strike on Iran: poll

JERUSALEM Thu Mar 1, 2012 5:56pm EST

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A wide majority of Israelis either oppose an Israeli strike on Iran or would favor an attack only if it was carried out with U.S. agreement, an opinion poll showed on Thursday.

The survey by the University of Maryland and the Israeli Dahaf Institute was released before talks next week between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama on Iran's nuclear program.

The poll found that 34 percent of the 500 people surveyed believed that Israel should not strike Iran and 42 percent said it should attack only if the United States backed the decision.

Only 19 percent believed Israel should attack even without the support of Washington, which said on Wednesday that diplomacy and increased sanctions to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions have time to work.

Netanyahu and Obama are to meet at the White House on Monday amid U.S. concern that Israel, which has cautioned that time is running out for effective military action against Iran's nuclear facilities, could attack them.

Though both Israel and the United States have not ruled out the use of military force against Iran, U.S. officials have said such action would be premature and could destabilize the Middle East.

Iran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, not to build a weapon. Israel, widely believed to be the region's only atomic power, has said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence.

(Writing by Maayan Lubell)

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Comments (4)
MetalHead8 wrote:
ahhh… Wheres the Anti-West Trolls saying America is a puppet of Iseral??? Hmmm? Does it still like there puppets to the US?

Mar 01, 2012 11:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
ahhh… Wheres the Anti-West Trolls saying America is a puppet of Iseral??? Hmmm? Does it still like there puppets to the US?

Mar 01, 2012 11:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
txgadfly wrote:
An Israeli strike against Iran, especially one that starts a war involving the USA, will cost its citizens in power in the USA their positions. It will also start a systematic dismantling of their power organizations in the USA such as AIPAC.

And as to Israelis who are “Americans”, they should butt out of American politics and get out of the USA. If you mean Israelis when you say “we” then you are a foreigner here. Your involvement in domestic US politics will bear very bitter fruit.

No more Middle Eastern wars. Period. No “buts”, no exceptions. And no more foreign interference in US domestic politics!

Mar 02, 2012 3:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
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