Poll: Israelis don't trust Obama on Iran

Barely one in five Israeli voters trust President Obama to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, according to a survey conducted for The Times of Israel.

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The survey, carried out by (202) Strategies, asked voters whether they “trust US President Barack Obama to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.” Only 22 percent said yes. Sixty-four percent said they did not agree with the statement, and 15 percent were unsure or did not answer.

The poll also asked Israelis about their general approval of Obama, with 33 percent expressing approval and 50 percent expressing disapproval. Even among those who approve, there was an even 43-43 percent split over whether Obama would stop Iran.

Obama's approval was dragged down in particular by Israeli Arabs, who gave him only 11-percent approval.

Obama's recent opening of negotiations with Iran has caused consternation for many Israel, where distrust of Iran runs high. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the tentative nuclear agreement reached with Iran last November a “historic mistake.”

Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel is willing to launch a preemptive military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities if the country believes it is necessary to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

The survey was conducted from December 26-31, 2013, with a sample of 802 Israeli likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percentage points.