Poll: Plurality of American Jews Oppose Iran Deal

Aaron Bandler
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Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:33 AM
Poll: Plurality of American Jews Oppose Iran Deal

A new poll shows that a plurality of American Jews are now opposed to the Iran deal, with 45 percent disapproving and 40 percent approving.

Breitbart breaks down the details of the poll:

The survey, conducted by Olive Tree Strategies for The Israel Project, was conducted July 22-26 among 1,034 Jewish Americans, and has a margin of error of 3%. The findings contradict those of an earlier poll, which found that a large plurality of American Jews support the Iran deal–though critics have called the questions in that poll flawed and its results inconclusive.

“On June 5th, this deal was at +13… today, it is underwater, at 40% approve, 45% disapprove,” said pollster Nathan Klein in a press call with reporters on Wednesday. Like the earlier poll, the new survey shows that Democrats strongly approve of the deal and Republicans strongly disapprove of the deal. It also shows strong approval for President Barack Obama in the American Jewish community. However, it shows disapproval of the president on the specific issues of foreign policy (-5), cybersecurity (-9), and nuclear negotiations with Iran (-10).

After asking respondents, in online interviews, about their views of the Iran deal and the president, the poll then presented arguments from both sides of the debate. It found that only one third of American Jews agree with the arguments of the Iran deal’s supporters. After hearing the arguments of both sides, moreover, opposition to the deal grew to a majority, 51% against to 35% in favor. After a further set of questions to respondents focusing on “concerns” over the Iran deal, opposition grows even more, rising to 58% against the deal to 30% in favor of it.

This is significant given that a majority of Jews vote Democrat, despite the Democrat Party's anti-Israel bent.

For one thing, the results of the poll show that the more the respondents learned about the deal, the less they liked it. Maybe that's because they realized the deal further emboldens Iran to getting a nuclear bomb and hence puts Israel in danger.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini's latest anti-Semitic tweets probably aren't reassuring to critics of the deal:

The "dangerous and deadly Zionist growth" is obviously referring to Israel and saying that Jews are not welcome in the region. After all, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism really are the same thing:

Anti-Zionists are ready to deny to the Jews the same rights of self-determination and self-defense that every other people planet is granted without controversy. As such, they are practicing a form of prejudice. Since the term of art for prejudice against Jews is called anti-Semitism, there is no doubt that those who agitate against Israel’s existence are anti-Semites.

Ayatollah Khomeini himself is a raging anti-Semite. Take a look at this tweet from November 9:

The fact that it's a tweet outlining steps to eliminate Israel is bad enough, but look specifically at #3, which says that in a referendum against Israel, "Jewish immigrants who have been persuaded into emigration to Palestine do not have the right to take part in this referendum." That is very blatant anti-Semitism.

Despite Ayatollah Khomeini's reassurances that the destruction of Israel doesn't mean the destruction of Jews, keep in mind the timing of the Ayatollah's tweet. November 9 was the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also known as Night of Broken Glass. This was the night where the Third Reich launched a pogrom against the Jews:

On the nights of November 9 and 10, rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. At least 96 Jews were killed and hundreds more injured, more than 1,000 synagogues were burned (and possibly as many as 2,000), almost 7,500 Jewish businesses were destroyed, cemeteries and schools were vandalized, and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

Hitler and the Nazis proceeded to blame Kristallnacht on the Jews, and thus began the Holocaust.

It simply cannot be an accident that Ayatollah Khomeini tweeted out a nine-step proposal on how to destroy Israel on the anniversary of Kristallnacht. It is a clear example of anti-Semitism.

In addition, Iran sponsors Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which are anti-Semitic terrorist groups. Hamas's charter calls for the murder of Jews of worldwide, and Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has said, "If Jews all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide." Ayatollah Khomeini's regime would not be funding these terror groups unless he too shared their anti-Semitic bigotry.

Given Iran's blatant anti-Semitism and their calls for the destruction of Israel, it should be no surprise that more American Jews are rejecting this deal, as all it does is embolden an anti-Semitic, terrorist regime.