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Poll: 51% of Israelis would support strike on Iran, even without US approval

A majority of Israelis would support an attack on Iran even if it did not have a green light from the United States, a new Israel Democracy Institute poll finds.

According to the survey, 54% of respondents said that Iran poses an existential threat to Israel’s existence. About a quarter of respondents view Iran as a “medium danger” while 13% see it as posing only a “small danger.”

Overall, 51% of Israelis agreed that Israel could attack Iran even without receiving a “green light” from Washington and only less than a third (31%) would not support such action without American approval, the poll finds.

On both questions, there was a large gap between the opinions of Jewish and Arab interviewees.

Whereas a large majority (62%) of Jewish Israelis think that Iran constitutes an existential danger, only a minority (19%) of Arab Israelis concurred. And while a clear majority of Jewish Israelis (58%) agreed that American consent to attack is not necessary, only 18% of Arab Israelis said the same.

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