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Haaretz poll: Most of the public in Israel opposes an Israeli strike on Iran

Most Israelis believe that if the United States does not attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Israel must no try to do so alone, according to a Haaretz poll.

U.S. magazine forms Iran war 'doomsday clock,' sets it to 10 minutes to midnight - The Atlantic project assembles a panel of scholars, journalists – including Haaretz's Amos Harel – in trying to estimate the chances of all-out war erupting in the Middle East. Chances for war between Israel and Iran now stand at 48 percent.


08.03.12


Most Israelis believe that if the United States does not attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Israel must no try to do so alone, according to a Haaretz poll.

The Haaretz-Dialog poll, conducted under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University on Sunday and Monday during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, also showed that the prime minister's Likud party would win big in the next election, taking between 35 and 37 seats.

However, Netanyahu, who returned to Israel on Wednesday, is facing a complex political situation.

On the one hand, he and his party seem to be in top political form. On the other, 58 percent of those polled opposed an Israeli strike on Iran, without U.S. backing.

Thus it seems Netanyahu has not convinced those for whom he has been repeatedly threatening Tehran.

Even so, half the respondents said they are relying on Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to handle the Iran issue.







U.S. magazine forms Iran war 'doomsday clock,' -

Chances for war between Israel and Iran now stand at 48 percent, a new [url=http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/its-10-minutes-to-midnight-introducing-the-iran-war-clock/254178/]"doomsday clock" initiative by the U.S. magazine The Atlantic[/url] indicated on Thursday.

The new "Iran War Clock" utilizes a wide-ranging panel of experts in order to form what The Atlantic hopes would be an educated estimation as to the chances of all-out war in the Middle East. The project is an apparent take on the famous "Doomsday Clock , initiated by scientists to try and work out how close was mankind to the end of the world.




Presently the Iran War Clock is set to 10 minutes to midnight, with a current 48 percent probability of war erupting with Iran. The panel of experts includes Haaretz's own military analyst Amos Harel, as well as prominent scholars and journalists.

According to The Atlantic, each "panelist makes an individual estimate about the percentage chance of war and we report the average score. Based on this number, we adjust the Iran War Clock so that the hand moves closer to, or further away from, midnight."

"We're humble about the accuracy of this prediction, which is really a collective 'gut-check' feeling. But it may be closer to the truth than the alternative forecasts available."

In January, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said that the more veteran and all-inclusive Doomsday Clock was moved to five minutes to midnight, the first adjustment since the beginning of 2010, when it was moved back one minute to six minutes from midnight -- or "doomsday".

"Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed," the group said in a statement.







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Video shows demonstration in Tel Aviv against attack on Iran, which took place a month ago.

The photo is an illustration which describes the range of a nuclear attack over Tel- Aviv metropolis.

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