Majority of Israelis oppose Iran strike, poll finds


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A majority of Israelis oppose a strike on Iran or favor such a strike only if it has American backing, according to a new survey.

Some 34 percent of those surveyed said they were against an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities; another 42 percent favored an attack that had U.S. backing. Another 19 percent favor an attack even without backing from the United States.

Meanwhile, Israeli Jews favor President Obama compared to any of his potential Republican rivals, according to the survey. Israeli Jews preferred Obama to Mitt Romney by 32 percent to 29 percent; to Newt Gingrich, 31 percent to 27 percent; and to Rick Santorum, 34 percent to 21 percent.

The poll conducted Feb. 22-26 by the University of Maryland and the Dahaf Institute surveyed 500 Israelis.

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