Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews back unilateral Iran strike

Poll comes days after Prime Minister Netanyahu tells U.N.: “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone” • Most Israelis do not believe talks can put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions • Netanyahu deemed by far most fit for leadership.

Israelis say that if necessary their country should launch its own strike on Iran

Israelis say that if necessary their country should launch its own strike on Iran

Should the need arise to attack Iran, an overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews would support a unilateral Israeli strike even without international support, a new Israel Hayom-New Wave Research poll shows.

According to the poll, 65.6 percent would be in favor of such a move and 21.8% would oppose it. Some 12.5% had no opinion. This week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that Israel would not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, and that “if Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”

The poll, conducted on Oct. 2 using a representative and random sample of 500 Hebrew-speaking Jews aged 18 and over, had a margin of error of 4.4%.

Asked to rate Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly this week, 51.4% said it was “good,” and 10.9% said it was “not good.” 37.7% had no opinion.

A majority of respondents — 84% — said they did not believe the talks with Iran could convince Iran to abandon its military nuclear program. Only 6.6% said this would be the outcome, and 9.3% had no opinion.

Asked whether they believed that U.S. President Barack Obama would deliver on his promise to consult with Israel on the issue of Iran, 46.9% said they did not believe the U.S. president, while 38.4% said they did. Some 14.7% expressed no opinion.

Asked to rate who is most qualified to serve as prime minister at present, a vast majority of 52.7% chose Netanyahu, 8.1% named Labor Party Chairwoman and Opposition Leader MK Shelly Yachimovich, 7.6% said Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett, 6.6% said Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, and 2.9% said Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid. Some 22.1% of respondents expressed no opinion.

 

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