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September 29, 2013 4:39 pm

Poll: 78% of Israelis Don’t Trust Iran on Nuclear Issue

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According to a new poll published Sunday night by Israel’s Channel 10 TV station an overwhelming majority of Israelis don’t trust recent conciliatory Iranian gestures when it comes to resolving the Islamic Republic’s nuclear standoff with the West.

78% of respondents said that recent declarations from Iran concerning dialogue with the United States are not genuine, and only 12% said they thought Iran’s statements were honest and that Iran would indeed be willing to bend on the issue of its nuclear development in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions. 10% of those polled said that they didn’t know one way or another.

58% of Israelis believe that the recent warming of ties between Iran and the West will not help at all in reaching an agreement between U.S. President Obama and Iranian President Rouhani on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. 29% said that they believed that Iran and the U.S. will eventually be able to formulate an agreement, and 12% could not answer the question.

According to the poll, 58% of Israelis think that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was right to order the Israeli United Nations delegation to leave the room when Iranian President Rouhani addressed the UN General Assembly last week. 30% said they thought the decision was wrong and 12% said they did not know.

Channel 10 did not release figures on how many people were polled, or what the margin of error was for the survey.

The publication of the numbers came as Netanyahu landed in the U.S. Sunday morning for a scheduled meeting with President Obama. As he departed Israel, Netanyahu pledged to “tell the truth in the face of the sweet-talk and the onslaught of smiles” from Iran.

Jerusalem has long led calls for the international community to combat Iran’s nuclear program, and is worried about the recent warming of ties between Iran and the West following the election of the new silk tongued Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

Also on Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif drew a parallel between Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and the Holocaust, in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

In contrast to public opinion in Israel, an unofficial poll on the Washington Post’s website which boasted 21914 respondents at the time of publication, said that 84% were in favor of U.S. efforts to seek improved relations with Iran, while 16% opposed the efforts.

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  • Patricia

    I do not trust Iran nor do I trust Obama. I absolutely FEAR his dealings with Iran. He’s not very smart (unlike what the Left says) and he does want to hurt the US AND Israel. He is a Marxist and came as a destroyer.

    • DChicago

      Where did you get the idea that our President wants to hurt the US and Israel? I can’t even begin to imagine this to be true. He’s a Marxist? These ideas are way out there and simply not true. This reaching out to Iran is a good thing if it results in Iran curtailing its nuclear program, especially good for Israel. It looks like a possible road to peace between Israel and Iran. Everyone knows Bibi would like to see the US drop some bunker busters on Iran but that is not going to happen. And I suspect that the majority of Israelis do not support Bibi on this.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      You are another Republican conservative fanatical dead-ender who refuses to face the reality that the American people reject your candidates and views and what is more you speak not for American Jewry but for the sliver who admire the extremists of the right. The president is not only smart (a lot smarter than you, Patricia) he is a declared friend of Israel and Jewry and a patriot, You are just the latest incarnation of that grand old Republican smear-monger, Joe McCarthy, tho whom everyone was a communist, marxist, socialist, traitor if they disagreed with him.

  • Sandy Brown

    Why would you believe anything those Iranians say? If you consider that they worship a man who became engaged to a 6 year old, Ayesha, married her at 9, she had his baby by the time she was 10 and he had 6 other wives, why would you believe any of them? It is all documented. Also they keep saying they are going to nuke Israel off the planet so why would you wish to believe anything they say. End of.

  • rashid zaidi

    Why are you such cry babies? You have the support of the West and everything else. Let Iran carve out it’s position in the rest of humanity which you do not want to be part of. Ignorance is okay,however arrogance is not good. The Zionist and the misguided are not looking beyond all the excitement, there is reality. Be well but think of others in their predicament.

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  • Jo-Ann Morris

    I oppose any relations with Iraq. It is a shame Obama appears so gullible to Iran’s lies/smiles relating to the West. Stay strong Israel…only your PM is telling the world the truth.

  • iche

    22% are arabs ?

    • Lynne T

      I think Arab Israelis number 10% or thereabouts. Possibly the remaining 12% includes people with no opinion, which is hard to imagine in Israel.

  • speak truth

    If you live in a country that has demonized and propagandized your own people for decades, chances are good that paranoid thinking left its mark. What you don’t understand is that “no one believes Israel”, outside Israel. YOU have nuclear weapons undeclared, you have chemicals undeclared…Israel has been blackmailing and threatening the region an the west…Leave us alone to kill off the Palestinans, take back “our land” and shut up. Fact, its not your land, never was your land. Fact, your paranoid schizoid tendencies are known to the world. 16US intelligence agencies KNOW Iran doesn’t have nor want nukes…but Israel you have em.

  • When Cyrus was the Persian Emperor, and Zoroaster was their Prophet, Persians worshipped Ahura Mazda, the God of truth and light, and so Persians were friends of Israel. Now, under a psychotic killer-God who demands death for any who choose a gentler God, Iranians despise the people of Israel who still prefer truth and light.

  • EthanP

    No one does. But action requires backbone. Something nobody in the west still seems to have!

  • Judith Ronat M. D.

    “78% of Israelis Don’t Trust Iran on Nuclear Issue”
    Do they trust Bibi?