Most Iranians ready to recognize Israel

Thursday, July 12, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes Israel should be wiped off the map, most Iranians are ready to recognize the Jewish state's right to exist and maybe even reestablish relations with it.

In a nationwide telephone polls conducted by Terror Free Tomorrow and first reported on by the Wall Street Journal, a full 70 percent of Iranians said they support a normalization of ties with the United States and recognition of Israel.

Furthermore, 80 percent of Iranians said they have no problem with international supervision of their nation's nuclear program and are prepared to back a national pledge to never pursue atomic weapons.

Israel and Iran had warm diplomatic relations prior to the Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of the shah. Many Israelis and Iranians still remember the days of regional cooperations between the two nations.

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