Arabs see Iran as greater threat than Israel

Monday, December 21, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

For the first time in decades, the Arab world is not viewing Israel's existence as its greatest strategic threat. That honor has now been given to Iran, which is pushing forward with a defiant nuclear program.

According to a poll conducted by the Doha Debates group throughout the Arab Middle East, a firm majority of Arabs living in the region view Iran as a greater threat than Israel. One-third of respondents said that a nuclear-armed Iran was as likely to target them as Israel.

Curiously, despite their wariness of Iran and its nuclear program, 80 percent of respondents said they don't believe Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Foreign analysts noted that the poll's results are a reminder that while the Israeli-Arab conflict has today taken center stage, there remains strong animosity between the Arabs and Persians, whose feud goes back centuries to the Arab Muslim conquest of pre-modern Iran.

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