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ADL Poll: Israelis Want Attack on Iran

By Matthew Yglesias  

"ADL Poll: Israelis Want Attack on Iran"

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For whatever reason, the Anti-Defamation League decided that their mission of fighting anti-semitism extends to surveying the Israeli public’s attitudes toward a preemptive military strike on Iran:

A large majority of Israeli Jews support military action aimed at destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a survey sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. According to the poll, co-sponsored by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, a large majority of those who support a move by the army said they would maintain their support even if the Obama administration opposed it. An overwhelming majority also said they believed close relations with the United States were essential for ensuring Israel’s security.

Just as food for thought, what would the ADL say about a poll showing a large majority of Iranians supported the idea of military action aimed at destroying Israel‘s nuclear facilities?

In policy terms, I think this gets at the point that there are a whole number of ways in which the Obama administration might “oppose” an Israeli attack. Israelis seem willing to go ahead even in the face of a condemnation from Obama. But at the same time they recognize that a good relationship with the United States is very important. Has Obama—or will Obama—send a message that indicates that Israeli strikes would seriously imperil US-Israeli relations? Would such a message be credible even if he did send it?

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