Only 19 percent of Israelis support an attack against Iran without the backing
of the United States, a new poll released on Wednesday found.
In the poll
conducted by Shibley Telhami, Brookings nonresident senior fellow and the Anwar
Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, 42% of
respondents said they support a strike against Iran only if there is US support
for the move. Nearly a third, 32%, of those polled oppose an attack regardless
of US support.
According to the poll, 38% of Israelis believe the US
would support Israel diplomatically if the Jewish state carried out a unilateral
strike against Iran, whereas 27% of respondents think Washington would join in
militarily to support Israel even if it struck the Islamic Republic without US
The survey also polled Jewish Israelis’ feelings on the US
presidential race, with respondents preferring President Barack Obama to all his
Overall, among Israeli Jews, Obama led Santorum 34% to
21%, Gingrich 31% to 27%, Paul 34% to 24%, and Romney 32% to 29%.
concluded that “the Israeli public is neither enthusiastic about the prospect of
war with Iran nor swayed by the seeming embrace of Israel by our presidential
“They have to live with the consequences of war, and they
appear to take the American assessment of these consequences seriously,” he
The poll was conducted from February 22-26 by the Dahaf Institute
among a nationally representative sample of 500 Israelis.