Poll: Israelis Don't Trust Obama on Iran Nukes

Sunday, February 22, 2015 |  Israel Today Staff

A pre-election poll in Israel reveals that an overwhelming majority side with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in not trusting the Obama Administration to prevent Iran from going nuclear, though very few voters consider that the most important electoral concern.

Conducted by the Times of Israel, the survey found that US President Barack Obama’s approval rating amongst Israelis continues to plummet. However, the online news agency stressed that Obama’s approval rating in Israel is roughly on par with Netanyahu’s.

As Netanyahu prepares to defiantly address the US Congress regarding the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program against the wishes of the White House, 72 percent of respondents signaled that they share Netanyahu’s distrust of a deal Obama is negotiating with Iran behind closed doors.

Unfortunately for Netanyahu, a mere 10 percent of respondents rated the Iranian threat as the most important issue in Israel’s upcoming elections. Far more (48%) said economic issues will sway their votes, and in this area Netanyahu is generally seen as lacking, especially as the local media engages in smear campaign over petty expenditures at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

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