23% of Israelis won't live with a nuclear IranIf you want to know why the Netanyahu government won't tolerate a nuclear Iran, here's one reason: Nearly one in four Israelis will consider leaving the country if Iran becomes a nuclear power.
Some 23 percent of Israelis would consider leaving the country if Iran obtains a nuclear weapon, according to a poll conducted on behalf of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University.And here's something that ought to give President Obama some pause:
Some 85 percent of respondents said they feared the Islamic Republic would obtain an atomic bomb, 57 percent believed the new U.S. initiative to engage in dialogue with Tehran would fail and 41 percent believed Israel should strike Iran's nuclear installations without waiting to see whether or how the talks develop.
"The findings are worrying because they reflect an exaggerated and unnecessary fear," Prof. David Menashri, the head of the Center, said. "Iran's leadership is religiously extremist but calculated and it understands an unconventional attack on Israel is an act of madness that will destroy Iran. Sadly, the survey shows the Iranian threat works well even without a bomb and thousands of Israelis [already] live in fear and contemplate leaving the country."
Some 80 percent of left-wing voters and 67 percent of right-wing voters expressed deep concern over a nuclear Iran. Respondents describing themselves as centrists were the most fretful, with 88 percent saying they feared Iran would obtain the bomb.The 'right-wing voters' are people like me who actually believe that Israel may attack Iran before it goes nuclear.
Sorry, but I disagree with Professor Menashri. There is no reason to believe that Ahmadinejad doesn't say what he means and mean what he says. That's foolish. Mutually assured destruction is not a deterrent to a Messianic regime like the one in Iran today. As Jay Nordlinger wrote in The Corner earlier this week:
After World War II, someone asked a survivor of Auschwitz what had been the most important lesson he had learned. He answered, “When someone says he’s going to kill you, believe him.” That applies to Israel today, where Tehran is concerned.Exactly.
And for those wondering whether I would consider leaving Israel if Iran goes nuclear, I think Mrs. Carl and I would at least discuss it, although I think something more than Iran actually going nuclear would have to happen - God forbid - in order for us to leave. Unlike many other Israelis, we would have someplace else to go.