From PR Newswire:
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy:
An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose providing any special compensation to the state of Israel in order to assuage its concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the Iran deal as an “existential threat” and retains Israel’s right to attack Iran.
Asked to indicate their level of support for various compensation options proposed during and after negotiations:
7.9 percent support increasing annual US aid to Israel from $3.5 billion to $5 billion. Israel currently receives the largest share of the total US foreign aid budget. The Obama administration is offering increased aid to reduce Israeli opposition to the deal. No specific package has been announced.
4.1 percent favor giving Israel deep penetrating “bunker buster” bombs of the type designed to destroy fortified targets.Michael Makovsky, president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, has widely promoted giving the weapons to Israelalong with the bombers needed for delivery.
4.0 percent support providing Israel with B-52 long-range bombers. Israel’s air power is thought to be inadequate for distant targets such as Iran. Former Middle East advisor Dennis Ross proposed that B-52s bombers would give Israel a more “credible” deterrent threat against Iran.