A new opinion poll conducted in Israel has indicated that over 60 percent of Israelis oppose any plan by Tel Aviv to launch a unilateral military strike against Iran without coordination with the US. The poll was carried out through telephone interview and covered 516 Israeli adults from August 6 to 8, 2012.
According to the survey which was conducted by Tel Aviv University in cooperation with Israel Democracy Institute, whose results were published on August 13, 61 percent of the respondents said they are against the scenario, while 27 percent agreed and 12 percent chose “I don’t know” option.Israel has recently carried out a number of war games and drills as Tel Aviv steps up its war rhetoric against Iran under the pretext that Iran’s nuclear energy program includes a military component. Iran has refuted the allegations maintaining that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. On August 9, Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak told Israeli radio, "We are determined to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear and all the options are on the table. When we say it, we mean it.” However, Israeli President Shimon Peres on August 16 ruled out Israel's unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear energy facilities, saying Tel Aviv will need Washington’s help for a military operation against Tehran. Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any act of aggression against the Islamic Republic. ASH/SS