The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies has just completed another survey of Arab public opinion. Some relevant findings:
- 73 percent of respondents believe that Israel and the US are the two countries presenting the largest threat to the security of the Arab world, with 51 percent believing that Israel is the most threatening, 22 percent believe the US is the most threatening, and 5 percent reporting a belief that Iran is the single country most threatening to the security of their countries. The results on this question vary from one Arab country to another.
- 55 percent support having the Middle East declared a nuclear-weapons-free zone, compared to 29 percent who would oppose such a move. The majority of the 55 percent believe that Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons justifies possession of such weapons by other countries in the region.
- More than two-thirds of Arabs support a democratic form of government, believing in the importance of a transfer of power.
This, after all we’ve done to promote democracy in the region…