Poll: 75 percent of Israelis believe Iran is still after nuclear weapon

Published November 25th, 2013 - 12:58 GMT
The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran (Mehr News/AFP/File, Majid Asgaripour)
The reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran (Mehr News/AFP/File, Majid Asgaripour)

More than three-quarters of Israeli Jews believe Iran will continue working towards a nuclear weapon despite Sunday's deal made in Geneva between Tehran and world powers that will curb its atomic activities, a poll published Monday said.

Some 76.4 percent of respondents answered “no” to the question “do you think Iran will now stop its nuclear program?” with the remainder unsure or replying “yes," according to Agence France Presse.

The survey, conducted by daily Israel Hayom, took answers from 500 people but excluded Arab Israelis who make up some 20 percent of the population, AFP reported.

According to the poll, nearly 58 percent of those polled said that by making a deal with Tehran, Washington had “harmed Israeli interests,” AFP said.

On Sunday, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program for the next six months in exchange for some of the strict sanctions placed on the Islamic by the West being lifted. The agreement was made after intensive talks were held in Geneva between the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. 

In addition, the Israel Hayom poll indicated that there is public division over whether Israel should carry out preemptive military action against Iran - 45.8 percent answered that the Knesset should act, whilst 37.9 percent did not back the action.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated that Israel reserved the right to strike Iran by itself to prevent it gaining nuclear weapons capability, AFP reported.

The poll’s error margin was 4.4 percent.


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