Tel Aviv (Dec. 2)
A public opinion poll published in today’s Jerusalem Post says that some 70 percent of the public favors strategic cooperation with the U.S. and about 46 percent would be in favor of Israeli soldiers fighting alongside American soldiers to keep the Soviets out of the Middle East, even if it involved defending Saudi Arabia.
Answering if they were for or against strategic cooperation with the U.S., 70.6 percent said yes, 24.3 percent said no and 4.3 percent were undecided.
Those replying affirmatively were then asked whether they thought Israeli soldiers should fight alongside Americans, to defend Saudi Arabia against the USSR if necessary, and 64.4 percent said yes, with 32.9 percent saying no and 2.7 percent undecided. Support for strategic cooperation cut across all sections of the public, of both sexes, all ages and all ethnic backgrounds and economic and social strata.