69% of Israelis Support US-Israeli Attack on Iran

March 29, 2012  

Sixty-nine percent of Israelis support a joint U.S.-Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, according to a poll conducted for the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

Forty-two percent of Israelis support a strike if Israel has to act alone.

The poll found that 73% of Israelis and 85% of Palestinian Authority Arabs believe that a regional war will break out if Israel attacks Iran.

The poll shows higher support for an Iran strike than a previous poll, conducted by Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institute and the Dahaf polling firm.

If the Israeli survey included Arab respondents, who make up about 20% of Israeli citizens – that could mean that an even larger percentage of Jewish Israelis support an Iran strike.

The New York Times published an analysis piece Tuesday in which it claimed that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are not sharing the decision making process on Iran with others.

“A top Israeli official who works closely with both leaders and spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the cabinet had not talked lately about Iran, but noted that detailed and long-standing preparation had gone into the possibility of a military strike,” the NYT reported. “Of the two men, he said: ‘One views himself as a savior, the other lives for a good operation. They’re a strange pair who have come to appreciate each other. Together they control this issue.‘”

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