Jpost poll: Most Israelis support US-led Iran strike (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/30/12)
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An overwhelming majority of Israelis would support America leading an
international consortium of air forces in a military strike on Iran
if sanctions and diplomatic talks fail, according to a Smith Research
poll sponsored by The Jerusalem Post.
Editor-in-chief Steve Linde announced the results of the survey at
The Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on Sunday. The poll of 500
respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population
in Israel was taken last week and had a 4.5- percentage point margin
Seventy-two percent would back an international strike, while just
14% would oppose it, and 14% did not express an opinion.
When asked whether they supported Israel taking action if the US
declined, support was much lower. Only 45% said they would back an
Israeli strike, 40% opposed this, and 15% had no opinion.
Israelis who identified themselves as right-wing and religious were
more likely to support an Israeli strike on Iran. Support for such an
attack is wider among people over 50 than those under 30.
Responding to the poll at the conference, Deputy Foreign Minister
Danny Ayalon said: "The results reflect a common sense shared by the
Israeli people that since Iran is a threat to the entire
international community, this threat should be removed by the
international community led by the US. However since we have
witnessed through past and recent history that the international
community response is not always effective nor timely, we should keep
all options available to us, since no one will take better care of
our security and national interests than ourselves."
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he did not know whether
Israel should attack Iran, but he said: "It is legal. I would support
it and defend it."
Twenty-four percent of respondents said US President Barack Obamaís
administration was more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, 24% said it
was more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, and 36% called it neutral.
Sixteen percent did not express an opinion.
The Likud would win more than twice as many mandates as any other
party if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu advanced the next general
election, according to the survey.
The Likud would win 31 Knesset seats, followed by Labor and Yisrael
Beytenu with 15 each, Kadima with 13, former journalist Yair Lapidís
new Yesh Atid Party with 11, Shas with eight, United Torah Judaism
with six, National Union with four, and Habayit Hayehudi and Meretz
with three each. The three Arab parties together would win 11
The center-right bloc would win 67 seats and the center-left bloc 53.
The split in the current Knesset is 65-55. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/30/12)
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