Iranian Nuclear Negotiations and Obama’s Deteriorating Relationship with Israel

As predicted in my op-ed titled “Obama’s Deteriorating Relationship with Israel” from June this year: “eventually… you can expect the Obama administration’s rhetoric and actions against Israel to become increasingly hostile.”

During the P5+1 negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, that statement has been on rampant display. Israel’s PM Netanyahu described the proposed deal with Iran as a “very bad deal” and the “deal of the century for Iran” while US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the US is not “dumb” or “blind” when it comes to the Iranian nuclear threat.

We have now reached the point where Israel’s Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett “visits DC to counter Kerry’s effort against new sanctions” and my favorite US Senator Ted Cruz tells The Jerusalem Post: Obama is degrading the US-Israel relationship.

A poll by Yisrael HaYom this week reveals that over 2/3 of respondents (65%) believe that Israel should oppose a deal – which would reduce Iran’s economic sanctions in exchange for a reduction in its nuclear capabilities – between Iran and the P5+1. Only 16.1% support the move. Talks for a possible deal are set to resume on November 20.

“Poll: Most Israelis Believe IDF Can Strike Iran On Its Own,” Arutz Sheva, November 15:

A poll by Yisrael HaYom this week reveals that most Israelis think that the IDF is strong enough to begin a military strike against a nuclear Iran – without US support.

Over 2/3 of respondents (65%) believe that Israel should oppose a deal – which would reduce Iran’s economic sanctions in exchange for a reduction in its nuclear capabilities – between Iran and the P5+1. Only 16.1% support the move. Talks for a possible deal are set to resume on November 20.

More than half of respondents (52.1%) support the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in disagreements with the US over Iran, a number which jumps to a staggering 84.4% in the religious sector. Overall, Netanyahu’s approval rating stands steady this week at 41.5%, with Opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) at a distant second of 10%.

Regarding an Israeli strike against Iran without US intervention, 52.4% of respondents support the move; 68.8% believe that the IDF has enough military might to succeed on its own. 

The poll also suggests that most Israelis would prefer that the IDF continues its gas mask distribution program. 58.7% believe that the program is still necessary, while only 23.2% support recent IDF statements canceling the initiative.

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