Thursday, August 28, 2008

Poll Says Americans Support Israeli Strike on Iran

The Jerusalem Post reported on a poll showing support for an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The poll covered American, British and German voters. It was commissioned by The Israel Project.

Results showed support for a strike, if diplomacy fails. The story noted 63% of Americans as supporting such an attack. It implied lower numbers for the British (worried it could become like Iraq) and Germans (more general opposition to war as a problem solving method).

Specifics were given for negative views toward Iran, 64% of Germans and 39% of Brits. Americans feel much stronger about the Iranian threat, than countries physically much closer to Persian Gulf region. 85% of Democrats and 97% of Republicans believe the Islamic Republic represents a serious threat to the US.

Did you know The Israel Project has a public relations campaign to inform Americans of the Iranian threat? They have a team at the Democratic National Convention. Their website states:

The Israel Project has a team of 22 people on site at the Democratic convention distributing materials about both the threat posed by Iran and the opportunities of alternative energy. It will do the same at the Republican convention.

Funny, looking at the numbers, their money could be better spent elsewhere, maybe Germany and Great Britain. Unless they need to manage the movement from diplomacy to material crisis. Stay tuned! (John McCain's latest Obama bashing ad does the Israel Project's work for them.)

Oh, and The Israel Project's advisory board. It's made up of:

Sen. Evan Bayh (IN), Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA), Sen. Tom Coburn (OK), Sen. Norm Coleman (MN), Sen. Susan Collins (ME), Sen. Judd Gregg (NH), Sen. Joe Lieberman (CT), Sen. Ben Nelson (NE), Sen. Gordon Smith (OR), Sen. Arlen Specter (PA), Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), Rep. Rob Andrews (NJ), Rep. Shelley Berkley (NV), Rep. Tom Davis (VA), Rep. Eliot Engel (NY), Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ), Rep. Jon Porter (NV), Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), Rep. Jim Saxton (NJ), Rep. Brad Sherman (CA), Rep. Joe Wilson (SC), Actor and Director Ron Silver