Israel is perhaps the only Western country where there is widespread support for an American/European attack on Syria. While in the United States and Great Britain, some 90 percent of the publics are opposed to such an attack -- in Israel, more than 66% of the Jewish Hebrew-speaking population supports an attack (only 17% opposes). With that, the exact same percentage of the population is concerned that if such an attack occurs, Israel will be drawn into a war.
This duality, which characterizes the Israeli mood and public discourse in recent weeks, receives statistical affirmation in an Israel Hayom survey conducted by New Wave Research.
Israelis believe that ultimately an attack against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime will take place -- close to 73% of Israelis believe so. More than 57% believe if the U.S. attacks Syria, the Israel Defense Forces will act against specific targets or threats. Only 13% think that the situation will deteriorate into all-out war in the Middle East. Over 28.7% said they are not concerned that a U.S. attack will drag Israel into a war.
The survey also found that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clear advantage over his political rivals as the person most qualified to lead the country: 54% said he is best suited for the job, compared to Opposition Leader and Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (9.2%), Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennet (8.6%) and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid (3%). One quarter of the respondents said they were undecided.
Another statistic of note coming from the survey is that over 71% of those questioned have equipped themselves with a gas mask. Of those who still have not, some 25% said they intended to do so in the coming days (some 7% of all those polled). 37% said they do not intend to get gas masks (some 10% of all those polled), and the same percentage said they have not yet decided.
The survey was conducted on August 28, and is comprised of a random pool of 500 Jewish Hebrew speaking Israelis over the age of 18. There is a margin of error of 4.4 percent.