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      Poll: Israelis Support Flotilla Raid, Gaza Blockade, PM and IDF

      Israelis support flotilla raid, Gaza blockade, Netanyahu and Ashkenazi, poll finds. Strong criticism for Turkey, Ehud Barak, Obama.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 6/11/2010, 10:57 AM / Last Update: 6/11/2010, 11:33 AM

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      Despite international criticism over the IDF's response to last week's  Gaza-bound flotilla, Israeli Jews strongly support the operation, along with the Israeli blockade on Hamas-run Gaza. Polls conducted by Pechter Middle East Polls and New Wave Research found strong support also for Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi.

      The New Wave poll showed that 92% of Israeli Jews supported the decision to stop the Gaza-bound flotilla, and 91% said Israel should stop any similar attempts to reach Gaza in the future. 73% support the naval blockade on Gaza, while 16% said the blockade should be lifted.

      The Pechter poll found that Israel Jews overwhelmingly supported the flotilla raid, with 85% saying that Israel used the right amount of force or not enough force (39%) when stopping the boats. 73% expressed support of the blockade.

      Ashkenazi had the most support of any Israeli leader, according to the New Wave poll, which was published in Yisrael Hayom. 76% of Israelis said they are satisfied with Ashkenazi's performance, while only 11% said they were dissatisfied. In comparison, Netanyahu had 45% satisfaction and 44% dissatisfaction.

      Defense Minister Ehud Barak had only 35% support, while 54% of respondents said they were unhappy with his performance.

      The Pechter poll showed slightly different results: 53% supported Netanyahu, while 41% were satisfied with Barak. 

      The poll showed strong dislike for United States President Barack Obama following the flotilla incident: 71% said they disliked or strongly disliked Obama, and 63% said they were dissatisfied with the U.S. response to the flotilla clash.

      If Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan accompanies a flotilla to Gaza, the IDF should do whatever necessary to stop him, 75% said. 84% said the same regarding a possible Iranian mission to Gaza.

      The New Wave poll found that 78% believe the flotilla proves that Turkey is acting as an enemy to Israel.