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Majority of Americans Believe U.S. Should Stay out of Another Middle East War

An overwhelming majority of the American people believe that in the event of a full scale war in the Middle East between Israel and the Arab states, the United States should stay out and should not supply arms either to Israel or to the Arabs, according to the results of the latest Gallup Poll.

The Poll indicated that 62 percent of those polled believed another full-scale Arab-Israeli war was likely within the next five years and 61 percent of those polled said that in this eventuality, the U.S. should stay out. Ten percent said the U.S. should support Israel indicating general, not necessarily military, support, and eight percent said the U.S. should act as peacemaker. Sixteen percent said they had no opinion on what the American role should be.

On the question of supply of arms and materiel, 59 percent said the U.S. should not supply arms to Israel and 79 percent said this country should not send arms to the Arabs. Twenty-four percent said they favored supply arms to Israel and three percent said they favored supplying arms to the Arabs. Reporting “no opinion” were 16 percent of those answering the question.

On the question of sending American troops in the event of a full-scale war, 77 percent opposed dispatch of troops to aid Israel and 83 percent opposed dispatch of troops to aid the Arabs. Nine percent of those polled favored sending troops to aid Israel and two percent favored sending troops to aid the Arabs. Fourteen percent had “no opinion” on this question.

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