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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

85% of Israelis: IDF used not enough or right amount of force

This is the first survey of Israelis I have seen regarding the flotilla of fools and it bears out my gut reaction that most Israelis support the Netanyahu government's actions.
Eighty five percent (85%) of the respondents indicated that Israel either did not use enough force (39%) or used the right amount of force (46%) regarding the recent ship boarding incident. Only eight percent (8%) felt the Israelis used too much force. Sixty one percent (61%) felt that Israel should not adjust its tactics to elicit a more favorable international reaction.

Seventy three percent (73%) of those polled indicated that Israel should not open up Gaza to international humanitarian shipments. A majority of those polled, fifty six percent (56%) indicated that Israel should not agree to an international inquiry committee to investigate the incident.

Responding to rumors that Turkish PM Erdogan is planning to come in person on a ship accompanied by Turkish Navy in order to break through the blockade, seventy five percent (75%) of those polled indicated that Israel should stop him whatever it takes. Regarding news reports that Iran is planning to send Red Crescent ships to Gaza, eighty four percent (84%) of those polled said stop them whatever it takes.

Political leaders fared differently in the poll. Fifty three percent (53%) were satisfied with Prime Minister Netanyahu's job performance while only forty one percent (41%) were satisfied with Defense Minister Ehud Barak's job performance. Seventy one percent (71%) disliked U.S. President Barack Obama with forty seven percent (47%) expressing a strong dislike. In all, sixty three percent (63%) of those polled were dissatisfied with the American government's reaction to the incident.
Anyone who's pining for Tzipi Livni and Kadima to join the government should not expect it to happen anytime soon.



At 11:51 PM, Blogger Thud said...

Damned if you do,damned if you don't...I say go in hard.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

And the Israelis should know since they've almost all been trained in the military. This fact will prove a benefit to Israel; in the U.S., people are clueless about anything to do with the military.

OT I just saw a video of a protest sign (brave kids) at a UC Irvine Israel Apartheid Week event. The sign said:

Hamas Act of War
Rocket Launching into Israel

Could the IDF please come up with the rocket engineering level info (at the landing spot in Israeli civilian areas) so that these (brilliant) kids will know to say this instead:

Hamas Daily Warcrime
Rocket Launching into Israel


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