Saturday, 23 May 2009

'1 in 4 Israelis Consider Leaving Country if Iran Gets Nukes'

'1 in 4 Israelis Consider Leaving Country if Iran Gets Nukes'
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22/05/2009 Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday that 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, some 85 percent of respondents said they feared the Islamic Republic would obtain an atomic bomb, 57 percent believed the new US initiative to engage in dialogue with Tehran would fail and 41 percent claimed the Zionist entity 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," Professor 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."

The poll was conducted among 509 people representative of the Zionist entity's adult population.

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