Israeli Poll: U.S. Should Strike Iran

Friday, May 18, 2007 11:46 a.m. EDT / From the NewsMax.com Staff

Fully 71 percent of Israelis think the U.S. should launch a military strike on Iran if diplomacy fails to stop Tehran’s nuclear program, a new poll reveals.

The survey commissioned by Bar-Ilan University’s BESA Center and the Anti-Defamation League, also found that 59 percent of Israelis still believe the war in Iraq was justified, while 36 percent think it was not.

Other results of the poll reported by the Web site Haaretz.com include:

* 65 percent of Israelis polled said the U.S. is a loyal ally of Israel, and only 11 percent said it was not.

*48 percent said U.S. support for Israel was due to strategic considerations, 30 percent credited American Jewry and 17 attributed it to shared values and shared democratic traditions.

*91 percent said close relations with the U.S. are vital to Israel’s security.

*52 percent said American support of Israel is “sufficient,” while 33 percent said it is not.

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