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Poll: Most Israelis believe Iran will keep up nuclear drive

Nearly 58 percent said that by signing the agreement, the United States had “harmed Israeli interests”

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More than three-quarters of Israeli Jews believe Iran will keep up its nuclear drive despite a Geneva deal with world powers to curb atomic activities, a poll published Monday said.

Some 76.4 percent of respondents answered “no” to the question “do you think Iran will now stop its nuclear program?” with the remainder unsure or replying “yes.”

The survey, conducted by daily Israel Hayom, polled 500 people, but excluded Arab Israelis, who make up around 20 percent of the population.

Nearly 58 percent said that by signing the agreement, the United States had “harmed Israeli interests.”

Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program for the next six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief following marathon talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in Geneva that ended Sunday.

The poll revealed a more even split among those who thought Israel should carry out military action against Iran’s nuclear program, with 45.8 percent saying it should, and 37.9 percent saying it should not.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated that Israel reserved the right to strike Iran by itself to prevent it gaining nuclear weapons capability.

The poll’s error margin was 4.4 percent.