A wide majority of Israelis either oppose an Israeli strike on Iran or would favor an attack only if it was carried out with US agreement, an opinion poll showed on Thursday.
The survey by the University of Maryland and the Israeli Dahaf
Institute was released before talks next week between Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama on Iran's nuclear program.
The poll found that 34 percent of the 500 people surveyed believed
that Israel should not strike Iran and 42 percent said it should attack only if
the United States backed the decision.
Only 19 percent believed Israel should attack even without the
support of Washington, which said on Wednesday that diplomacy and increased
sanctions to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions have time to work.
Netanyahu and Obama are to meet at the White House on Monday amid
US concern that Israel, which has cautioned that time is running out for
effective military action against Iran's nuclear facilities, could attack them.
Though both Israel and the United States have not ruled out the use
of military force against Iran, US officials have said such action would be
premature and could destabilize the Middle East.
Iran says it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes, not to
build a weapon. Israel, widely believed to be the region's only atomic power,
has said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence.