Poll: Americans support military action against Iraq; Sharon: Iraq - greatest danger facing Israel

Published August 13th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The American public is divided on whether President George W. Bush has a clear policy on Iraq — with 45 percent saying he does and 42 percent saying he does not, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Monday.  


Three-fourths in the poll said Bush should get authorization from Congress before launching an attack, compared with the two-thirds who said just before the 1991 Gulf War.  


Additionally, the poll found that seven in 10 Americans support military action against Iraq, but that number drops to 54 percent if U.S. allies oppose such action. More than half (57 percent) support a U.S. invasion of Iraq with ground troops, but that drops to 40 percent if it would cause "a significant number of casualties."  


Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that Iraq "is the greatest danger facing Israel."  


Asked if Israel plans to attack Iraq if Baghdad attacks Israel, Sharon said that "we don't know for certain if the U.S. will attack Iraq. Iraq is a great danger. It could be said it is the greatest danger. We aren't intervening in U.S. decisions." But he said that "strategic coordination between Israel and the U.S. has reached unprecedented dimensions." (Albawaba.com)

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