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More than three-quarters of Israelis do not believe Syria will keep its
commitment to dismantle its chemical weapons program, according to a poll
published in this weekend’s Israel Hayom.
The New Wave poll of 500
Israelis representing a sample of the Jewish adult population was taken
Wednesday, before the deal between the United States and Russia was brokered but
on a day in which the Russian proposal dominated the news.
The poll found
that 75.6 percent of Israelis do not believe the Syrians will give up their
chemical weapons, 12.8% said Syrian leader Bashar Assad would keep his
commitment, and 11.6% said they did not know.
When asked who was the
winner of the clash over Syria’s chemical weapons, 48.3% of the respondents said
Russian President Vladimir Putin, 29% said Assad, 18.3% said they did not know,
8.8% said US President Barack Obama and 8.8% said Israel.
Asked who the
loser was, 63% said Obama, 20.6% said they did not know, 17.3% said Israel, 8.7%
said Assad, and 3.3% said Putin.
In a question about Obama’s handling of
the Syrian crisis, 66.7% called it unsuccessful, 17% said successful, and 16.3%
said they did not know.
When asked whether Obama would succeed in
preventing a nuclear Iran in light of his handling of the Syrian crisis, 65.3%
said he would not succeed, 22.6% said they did not know, and only 12.1% said he
would succeed at that key task.