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Rasmussen: 59% of Americans Prepared to Support Israel Militarily if Attacked

Canada, UK, Israel Lead American’s Lists of Top Allies

As a Canadian & an Israeli I’m feeling pretty gratified by strong numbers coming out of Rasmussen polling in the USA. Americans to the tune of  86% consider Canada America’s number one ally, and over 70% of Americans rally to the cry that Canada should be defended by Old Glory if attacked. The UK runs in second place neck in neck with the Canucks..

Surprise! Following just behind those two obvious and cherished US friends according to Americans?

Israel on both counts.

70% of Americans polled rated Israel as an American ally, number three on the list. In contrast, the top Arab country rated was Egypt and only 39% of Americans consider Mubarak’s country an ally. In the event of conflict, 59% of Americans polled respond that their ally Israel should be assisted militarily. 8% of Americans polled rated Israel as an enemy of the USA, 16% said neither an enemy or a friend.

Only 5 countries in the world made the list of nations the majority of Americans are prepared to support militarily if attacked. Mexico was virtually tied with Israel in 3rd. Two of the five clearly share more than just friendships, they share a common large expansive border.

The feeling is mutual

Overall, one can say these feelings a more than mutual. Clearly any polling done in Israel will reveal that Israelis consider the USA & Americans as their best friends. On the military front, Israel in both Gulf War conflicts and after 9/11 was prepared & offered military assistance if desired. That being beyond the normal ongoing intelligence & covert means we do not read about between strategic allies, and strategic basing & assets the US already holds within Israel.

Growing Support:

In May 49% of Americans were prepared to assist Israel militarily. These latest numbers are up a whopping 10%, clearly in response to the Iranian threat. In Israel itself, 85% of Israelis polled support Israeli military action to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons, and 92% of Israeli Jews are prepared to ‘engage in military battle’.

Divergence on Iran: Obama Needs to Play Catch-up With Americans; As Usual

He’s President of The United States of America, Not MoveOn.Org

 New polling out confirms previous American attitudes on Iran & reveals yet another core issue on which the President is seemingly off the mark compared to his constituents, the American people. But first, the previous numbers relating specifically to striking Iran militarily.

In May I posted about Rasmussen polling which showed American support for Israel vs Iran was going up, in contrast to the harsh tones coming out of the Obama Administration relating to Israel..

With the screws ever tightening between Washington & Jerusalem and Obama looking to seemingly squeeze the Jewish nation, Americans polled show increasing support numbers for their ally Israel facing an Iranian threat. Rasmussen reports a fairly dramatic 7% poll lift for Israel since last summer on the question of military force, and the USA coming to assist Israel should we be forced to strike..

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that if Israel launches an attack against Iran, the United States should help Israel. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% believe the United States should do nothing while just 2% believe the U.S. should help Iran. Last summer, just 42% said the United States should help Israel while 46% said the nation should do nothing.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans say that the U.S. should help Israel as do 50% of those not affiliated with either major political party. A plurality of Democrats (44%) say that the U.S. should do nothing. [...]

On the question in general of American priorities, again our allies showed strong predilection for stopping Iran, and not just for Israel’s sake. Americans polled previously viewed Iran as the number one foreign policy threat to the United States of America specifically due to the nuclear threat.

Stopping Iran is considered by American voters top priority, and this informed public has come to the realization it may be up to its ally Israel should other efforts fail. If that is the case, Israel requires both American moral support & assistance which numbers show are forthcoming overall from our American friends on the military front.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of all voters now say that preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is more important than preventing war between Iran and Israel. That’s up fourteen percentage points from 52% last July.

Just 23% now say preventing war between Iran and Israel is more important than stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons

Iran is racing ahead toward nuclear weapons.

With Obama’s Administration lording & linking Palestinian issues over Israel as a pre-requisite for assisting its ally, these numbers and American opinion are crucial. If we are forced to strike, the chances of success are magnified exponentially with our ally’s quiet assistance. Israel has already made major concessions in the quest for peace under Netanyahu, but to date we have not seen Obama become more forceful on Iran despite the glaring failures apparent to all with his much hyped ‘engagement strategy’.

New Numbers Show Americans Again Standing Up to Iran – Where is Obama?

On the topic of averting strikes through strong non military means involving sanctions or fuel blockades, Americans speak out loudly in overwhelming numbers leaving the President in their dust & significantly out to lunch for months now. The Israel Project has new polling out which confirms trends seen previously via Rasmussen’s polling.

New Bipartisan Poll on Iran

According to a new poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by The Israel Project:

• 81 percent of American voters believe Iran is a serious threat to U.S.
• Two-thirds support proposal to “prevent any company doing business in the United States if that company provides Iran with refined petroleum.”

Washington, D.C. – A new bipartisan poll (Word document, PowerPoint) commissioned by The Israel Project (TIP) shows that an overwhelming number of Americans (81%) believe that Iran poses a serious threat to the United States, and that the international community should prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons (86%).

Further, Americans agree (84%) that “even with all the problems the nation faces here at home, we must still work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”

TIP Founder Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi noted that, “While we may be mired in a recession and focused on the nation’s health care debate, there is no lack of concern among Americans about the potential threat posed by a nuclear Iran.”

Among possible approaches to deal with Iran, Americans favor a combination of approaches — supporting opposition groups in Iran that are working for democracy and human rights (86%), initiating direct talks between the U.S. and Iran (76%) and expanding UN economic and diplomatic sanctions (81%).

Most interesting was the two-thirds support given by Americans to a proposal to “prevent any company doing business in the United States if that company provides Iran with refined petroleum.” [...]

Indeed, it appears that for Americans – Whether it be strong upped sanctions & possible fuel blockades; or supporting Israel if it feels the need to avert an existential Iranian nuclear threat.. The support is there and often overwhelmingly so.

As I posted previously, there are Senate & House bills proposed which allow the President to implement precisely these forms of sanctions awaiting Obama’s go ahead. They have been sitting around since April in the drawer.

Meanwhile, pressure is brought to bear on Israel as opposed to on Iran?

This has been the case for 7 months now despite the evident failures this strategy has produced. Why is the American President so divergent from the American people on these issues? What has he been waiting for?

Obama made so much of former President Bush’s inability to admit he was wrong while out on the campaign trail. Yet the not so new any longer American President shows a surprising amount of ego & arrogance when he has to date exhibited.. More of the same.

When do we get to see Mr. Gibbs stand up at the podium and tell the American people & the rest of the World that the President’s engagement strategy has to date  failed, and that instead of blindly appeasing Iran; the President is going to try appeasing the American people a bit instead?

American Allies: Rasmussen – Support Against Iran Up Across the Board for Israel

There appears to be some contrast between American voters & positions of the new Administration

With the screws ever tightening between Washington & Jerusalem and Obama looking to seemingly squeeze the Jewish nation, Americans polled show increasing support numbers for their ally Israel facing an Iranian threat. Rasmussen reports a fairly dramatic 7% poll lift for Israel since last summer on the question of military force, and the USA coming to assist Israel should we be forced to strike..

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that if Israel launches an attack against Iran, the United States should help Israel. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% believe the United States should do nothing while just 2% believe the U.S. should help Iran.

Last summer, just 42% said the United States should help Israel while 46% said the nation should do nothing.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans say that the U.S. should help Israel as do 50% of those not affiliated with either major political party. A plurality of Democrats (44%) say that the U.S. should do nothing. [...]

These are fairly astounding numbers, when one considers the USA’s current difficulties economically, and engagements in Iraq & Afghanistan. The numbers are heartening & a testament to the nations’ eternal friendship. Up until recently Israel seemingly enjoyed special status with our American friends, that status is being tested by the new Democratic administration. The numbers below are no less enlightening. Rasmussen also polled about what poses the biggest national security threat to the USA: Iran topped both North Korea, Pakistan & Afghanistan with voters.

Support explodes upward in further surveys..

Sixty-six percent (66%) of all voters now say that preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is more important than preventing war between Iran and Israel. That’s up fourteen percentage points from 52% last July.

Just 23% now say preventing war between Iran and Israel is more important than stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. [...]

One notices nowhere are the words Quid Pro Quo, or ‘Concessions to the Palestinians’ mentioned as conditional for the American public’s generous support, positions the new administration now seemingly intends to hold over Israel in return for ‘aid to the Jewish State’ regarding Iran.

In fact, just the opposite is the case. The polls go on to reveal that the vast majority of Americans put the blame regarding the conflict two months ago with Hamas, squarely on the Palestinians. Obama during his transition refused to comment on the issue.

A full 82% of Americans are impressively informed on events as well, stating they are following recent news on the Iranian issue. One begins to wonder just how popular the seemingly anti-Israel positions of the new White House may be with the American public going forward. It may take a lot of teleprompters to convince Americans leaving Israel hanging out to dry is a good idea if tensions rise higher..

Margin of Error: American War Hero Never Says Quit

Media on a 24-7 non stop Obama love fest for months on end, yet he has STILL sealed nothing

Gallup within the margin of error..
Gallup within the margin of error..

Financial turmoil, military threats, terrorism, inflation, jobs, out of control spending. The task will be herculean for America going forward but they have persevered before. Who can lead in such times of turmoil? A neophyte fast talking faster spending deficit amassing one term Senator, or a bi-partisan senior Senator with a 5 year stint as a war hero, never broken even by the Vietcong? Is it about character, if it is who shows it in spades..

A better question, who lacks it?

All I know is if the roles were reversed, if Obama were being hammered everyday all day by the media he would not have held composition for even an hour. He jumps to racism whenever challenged, he’s all flash no substance, and I believe he’d break within minutes. Fold America’s cards to her enemies and in the face of every challenge domestic or foreign - that’s truly how I feel. If looking in from the outside as I am, one were to judge this race by the coverage, by the media, by the bias Obama should be leading 89 to 11%.

Shabtai Zvi come again?

As a political junkie I’ve never seen anything like this media torrent, to me Obama is nothing more than Shabtai Zvi. The man who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah spreading waves of excitement across the Jewish world, only to cave in the face of Judaisms enemies the moment he was actually challenged.. He converted to Islam rather than stand his ground sowing despair amongst his people.

Obama may be buying up America and its media with his campaign war chest, but America can no longer afford to simply buy up the world, divided internally and somewhat cash strapped it seems rather obvious they are going to need a leader.. Not a big spender to overcome. In the end, they will inevitably get what they ordered either way.

HotAir has a look at Gallup & Rasmussen numbers.
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