Daily Israel Report

Poll: Most Israelis Believe IDF Can Strike Iran On Its Own

84.4% of Israeli religious sector supports Netanyahu's stance in disagreement with US; 58.7% of respondents against canceling sanctions.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 11/15/2013, 9:10 AM

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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A poll by Yisrael HaYom this week reveals that most Israelis think that the IDF is strong enough to begin a military strike against a nuclear Iran - without US support. 

Over 2/3 of respondents (65%) believe that Israel should oppose a deal - which would reduce Iran's economic sanctions in exchange for a reduction in its nuclear capabilities - between Iran and the P5+1. Only 16.1% support the move. Talks for a possible deal are set to resume on November 20. 

More than half of respondents (52.1%) support the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in disagreements with the US over Iran, a number which jumps to a staggering 84.4% in the religious sector. Overall, Netanyahu's approval rating stands steady this week at 41.5%, with Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) at a distant second of 10%. 

Regarding an Israeli strike against Iran without US intervention, 52.4% of respondents support the move; 68.8% believe that the IDF has enough military might to succeed on its own. 

The poll also suggests that most Israelis would prefer that the IDF continues its gas mask distribution program. 58.7% believe that the program is still necessary, while only 23.2% support recent IDF statements canceling the initiative.