Poll: 75% of Israelis say Syrians won’t give up chemical weapons

In a question about Obama’s handling of the Syrian crisis, 66.7% called it unsuccessful.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 15, 2013 03:18
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Chemical materials and gas masks are pictured in a warehouse at the front line of clashes in Syria.

Syria Chemical materials and gas masks 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

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.


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