Sunday, October 29, 2006

Forward: "Poll: U.S. Jews Back Strike Against Iran — by Israel"

A strike by the US would make a great deal more sense. The thinking of Jews in the US is oddly bifurcated at the moment. They often think like conservatives when the subject is Israel and otherwise still think like liberals. This will all sort itself out in time:
Support among Jews for an American military strike against Iran has declined during the past year, according to an annual survey of American Jewish opinion released Monday.

The survey, commissioned by the American Jewish Committee, found that only 38% of American Jews support American military action, down from 49% last year. But, according to this year’s survey, 57% back an Israeli strike against the Islamic Republic.

“What it means is that a majority of people are prepared to support military action, but by one country and not another country,” said the AJCommittee’s executive director, David Harris. The discrepancy may be explained by an overall lack of Jewish confidence in the Bush administration, he speculated. According to the poll, only 33% support the way America is handling the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, and 65% believe that the United States should have stayed out of Iraq.
The rest of the article has other interesting poll results. (Hat Tip: Martin Kramer)

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