(JTA) – Nearly three-quarters of Jewish-Israelis agree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that the Iran nuclear deal poses an “existential threat” to the Jewish state.
According to The Peace Index, a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University on Aug. 30-31 by telephone, 73 per cent of Jewish-Israelis share Netanyahu’s views on the Iran nuclear deal, which eases sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear program, and 78 per cent believe Iran will not uphold its obligations under the deal.
Arab-Israelis had mixed views on the deal, with 35 per cent believing Iran will not uphold its commitments, 30 per cent saying it would fulfill its commitments and 34 per cent saying they did not know. In addition, 45 per cent of Arab-Israelis disagreed that the Iran deal posed an existential threat.
Almost half of Jewish-Israelis polled thought Netanyahu’s efforts to fight the nuclear deal, negotiated between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, would damage U.S.-Israel relations, while 37 per cent said it would not affect relations.
The survey found sharp differences in opinion between the Jewish-Israeli population at large and members of the left wing Meretz party, 90 per cent of whom said the Iran deal is not an existential threat. It also revealed differences of opinion on the legacy of Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s war in Gaza last summer: 80 per cent of Jewish-Israelis said Israel’s decision to launch the war was right, while 69 per cent of Arab-Israelis said the decision was not right.
The poll included 600 respondents and had a 4.1 per cent margin of error.