Despite Iran deal, most Israelis believe Obama committed to their security
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
Two-thirds of Israelis still believe US President Barack Obama's administration is committed to Israel's security despite his Iran deal that 72.7 percent of Israeli Jews see as an existential threat to the Jewish state, according to the monthly Peace Index poll of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, which was released Wednesday.Asked to what extent they are sure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right when he describes the deal as an existential threat to Israel, 42.5% of Jewish respondents said they are sure he is right, 30.2% said they are moderately sure he is right, 18.3% said they were moderately sure he is not right, 5.8% said they were not at all sure he is right, and 3.2% said they did not know or declined to answer.A very large majority of Israeli Jews said they did not believe Iran would uphold the deal, 78.4%, compared to 15.3% who said they think Iran will uphold the deal and only 1.5% who said they were sure the Islamic Republic would abide by the agreement. The rest said they did not know or declined to answer.Nevertheless, 27.9% of Israeli Jews said Obama's administration is very committed to Israel's security and 38% said it is moderately committed. Only six percent said the US administration was not committed at all to Israel's security and 26.3% said it was moderately committed. The percentage who said they did know or declined to answer was 1.8%.
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