25 per cent of the Saudis are favorable of an Israeli strike on Iran. But only four per cent of the citizens of the city of Riyadh will ever accept the Jewish state.
A highly unusual and credible private poll was published in Saudi Arabia in November 2009. Is shows solid popular support for tough measures against Iran, even though domestic economic issues loom larger in the public’s perception.
Conducted in partnership with Pechter Middle East Polls, a new, Princeton-based research organization, the survey involved face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of 1,000 Saudi citizens in the major metropolitan areas of Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam/al-Khobar. A comparable poll was conducted in Egypt during the same period, with a representative national sample of 1,000.
57 per cent of urban Saudis approved of «stronger sanctions against Iran» More surprisingly, a third of urban Saudis said that they would approve «an American military strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities». Asked about an Israeli military strike against Iran, one-quarter of urban Saudis said that they would support it at least «to some extent».
Interestingly, that figure is three times larger than the number of respondents who said that they would accept Israel «as a Jewish state» even «under the right conditions». A mere 9 percent of urban Saudis took that position. But regional differences are relatively significant here: in Jeddah, hypothetical acceptance of a Jewish state was 17 percent, compared to barely 4 percent in Riyadh or Dammam/al-Khobar.
Source: The Washington Institute, David Pollock.
Its interesting to notice that the hate for the Jewish state in Saudi Arabia is stronger than the public urgency to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb.
And if Iran was considered the real enemy, it would not matter if the nuclear weapons program was destroyed by American or Israeli missiles.
But in a Saudi Arabian mindset, it does matter. Because is important not to give the Zionists a victory.
A majority of Saudis still feels its more important to destroy the state of Israel, than to stop Iran from threatening Saudi Arabia with nuclear armed missiles. That is amazing. The children of Allah is «really» great.