IDF trains on Golan Heights 370.
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The US and European countries should attack Syria, but Israel should not be
involved in the assault, two polls in weekend Hebrew newspapers
While polls in the US and United Kingdom have found overwhelming
opposition to their countries attacking Syria, a Gal Hadash poll published in
Israel Hayom found that 66.6 percent of respondents would be in favor of
American and European military intervention in Syria.
Only 17% opposed a
US/EU strike and 16.4% did not know.
When asked whether they thought such
an attack would take place, 72.8% said yes, 15.8% no, and 11.4% did not
Asked whether they were concerned that American intervention in
Syria would lead to Israeli intervention in the war, 66.8% said yes, 28.7 said
no and 4.5% did not know. Regarding what Israeli intervention there would be,
57.4% said limited IDF activity, 14.1% said Syria would attack Israel but the
IDF would not respond, 12.9% said there would be all out Middle East war, and
15.6% did not know.
A separate Ma’agar Mohot poll published in Friday’s
found that Israelis overwhelmingly oppose an Israeli strike on Syria. If
America does not intervene in Israel’s northeastern neighbor, 77% of respondents
who expressed an opinion said Israel should not get involved militarily, 11%
said the IDF should, and 12% said they did not know and other
When divided among how people voted in the January general
election, 79% of Likud voters opposed Israeli military intervention in Syria,
while 96% of Labor and Meretz voters were opposed.
The Ma'agar Mohot poll
of 519 respondents had a 4.5 percentage point margin of error. The Gal Hadah
poll was taken Wednesday among 500 adult Jewish Israelis and had a margin of
error of 4.4 percentage points.