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Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews Favor Strike on Iran

Tuesday, 05 May 2009 12:09 AM

By Voice of America

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A new Israeli opinion survey says the majority of Israeli Jews favor a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

The poll published Monday by Haaretz newspaper indicates that 66 percent of Israeli Jews surveyed backed such an attack on Iran, while 15 percent opposed it and 19 percent gave no opinion.

Seventy five percent of those who supported a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities said they would continue to back the attack even if the United States opposed it, but 15 percent said they would change their minds based on Washington's position.

The survey also indicated that most Jewish Israelis feel positively toward U.S. President Barack Obama. But only 38 percent thought that Mr. Obama has a friendly attitude toward Israel, compared with 73 percent who thought his predecessor, George W. Bush, had a friendly attitude toward their country in 2007.

Israel considers Iran an enemy because of repeated calls by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "wipe Israel off the map."

Israel and its Western allies believe Iran's nuclear program may have a military component. Iran says its atomic activities are for peaceful, civilian use.

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