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Israelis protest in Tel Aviv on August 23, 2012 against a potential attack by the Israeli regime on Iran.

Israelis protest in Tel Aviv on August 23, 2012 against a potential attack by the Israeli regime on Iran.

Only 18 percent of Israelis are in favor of a possible Israeli strike against Iran without the support of the United States, a survey indicates. The opinion poll, whose results were announced on Thursday, had questioned 600 Israelis as well as 1270 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Haaretz reported. Sixty-five percent of Israeli respondents also said the Tel Aviv regime would not instigate military action against the Islamic Republic without US backing. The figure is up from 52 percent in June. The survey also showed that almost five-in-six Palestinians and 77 percent of Israelis believe an Israeli strike against Iran would lead to a major conflict in the region. The US, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the Israeli regime repeatedly threatening to attack Iran's nuclear facilities based on the unsubstantiated allegation. Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production. Unlike Iran, Israel, which is widely believed to possess between 200 to 400 nuclear warheads, is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty. Despite warnings by former and current Israeli security and intelligence officials, the Tel Aviv regime has recently stepped up its aggressive rhetoric against Iran. Iranian officials have pledged to deliver a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East. MHB/MA
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