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Just over half of Israelis say US approval not needed for strike on Iran

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08.12.2021

A slender majority of Israelis would support an attack on Iran, even if it were not backed by the United States, according to an Israel Democracy Institute poll published Wednesday.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said that they would support a unilateral strike, whereas 31% said they would not.

Senior Israeli officials have repeatedly threatened to go it alone to protect themselves against Iran, given what is thought to be reluctance in Washington to embark on a costly military engagement.

However, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has agreed to keeping Washington abreast of its actions regarding Iran, according to US and Israeli officials. Israel is also thought to need US support to acquire armaments likely needed to reach Iranian facilities buried deep underground, and would be reliant on Washington to shield it from blowback from such a move.

World powers are engaged in talks with Iran in order to coax it to return to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and while US President Joe Biden maintains that all options are on the table if those negotiations fail, he has yet to verbalize that those options include a military strike.

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© The Times of Israel


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