Poll: Israelis Fear Obama's Mideast Polices

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- A new poll shows most Jewish Israelis fear and disapprove of President Obama's Middle East policies, like his plans to negotiate with Iran's leader, who wants Israel destroyed.

Israeli leaders will be raising that issue, and other threats facing the Jewish state, when they meet with Obama in Washington.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama is less than two weeks away, and there are concerns in Jerusalem that relations between Israel and the U.S. could be on a serious collision course.

Israel is convinced that the time frame to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program can be measured in months. But the Obama administration is committed to talks with Iran. Defense experts in Israel believe Iran is using the talks to stall for more time to develop nuclear weapons.

A new poll in Israel shows nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews support military action against Iran if it the only way to prevent Tehran from going nuclear.

Two-State Solution?

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are suggesting that the only way Israel will stop Iran is to first work for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

In his speech to the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Israel's president Shimon Peres stressed that the Netanyahu government is committed to peace, and Netanyahu himself told the delegates by satellite that he's ready to begin negotiations right away.

But Israel insists that the Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, something President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to do.

If the U.S. tries to impose a two-state solution before the Palestinians are ready to govern, it could boost the danger to Israel from nearly every border.

 

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