Poll: Most Americans Oppose Compensating Israel for Iran Nuclear Deal

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 or after negotiations:

Only 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, though no specific package is on the table.

Just 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 Israel along with the bombers needed for delivery.

Another 4.0 percent support providing Israel with B-52 long-range bombers. Israel’s air power is currently thought to be inadequate for distant targets such as Iran. Former Middle East advisor Dennis Ross proposed that B-52s would give Israel a more “credible” deterrent threat against Iran.

A scant 3.4 percent favor releasing jailed Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard to Israel. Pollard is serving a 30-year prison term for spying on the US for Israel and is eligible for mandatory parole in November. Pollard would not be allowed to immediately travel to Israel unless there is special intervention by the Obama administration.

While 12.8 percent favor “all of the above” compensation be provided to Israel, an overwhelming 67.8 percent of Americans chose “none of the above.”

The IRmep poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percent, was fielded to 1,500 respondents July 25-26 by Google Consumer Surveys. Poll data may be viewed online here.

In mid-July Iran signed an agreement with the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5 +1) agreeing to additional limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for relief from an international economic boycott. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NNPT) which encourages civilian nuclear industry in exchange for prohibitions on nuclear weapons development. Israel refuses to sign the NNPT and according to the US Department of Defense has extensive nuclear weapons production facilities.

Grant F. Smith is the author of America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government. He currently serves as director of research at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington (IRmep), D.C. Read other articles by Grant, or visit Grant’s website.

33 thoughts on “Poll: Most Americans Oppose Compensating Israel for Iran Nuclear Deal”

  1. The bunker busters are as big as a F-16, as big as the whole plane. They can't be dropped by anything less than a heavy bomber, B-52, B-1, or B-2. We can't give them the bombs without bombers.

    We can't give them nuclear triad strategic bombers. That is just insane.

    1. Looking in from outside the US I get the impression that a lot of US politicians would be considered 'Religious Crackpots with an obsession with the "End Times"' in other countries. For someone who actually believes the deranged 1700+ year old writings of the Book of Revelations the idea of providing Long range nuclear Bombers would seem totally logical since, for them, it would be like aiding the fulfilment of the story in the book.

      But I agree with you – it would be totally insane since no one would win, let alone survive a nuclear war.

  2. Well the mafia would like to receive its share no matter what, they need to pay their solders (AIPAC), if not, these solders, politically speaking, are ready to brake a legg or two.

  3. It's insane that we would give this thugocracy the $15B. ($1.5 per year, spread over ten years) that it's Dear Leader has demanded for "permission" to enter into an agreement that's even more for its benefit than our own. Israel is not merely a nation; it's a racketeering operation that specializes in international extortion. BILLIONS FOR EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL. NOT ONE CENT FOR EXTORTION!!

  4. All of the above are simply amazing. There is ONE country in the mid-east that loves and supports the U.S., promotes freedom and democracy, treats women as total equals, has innovative industries, never attacks others except to protect itself when attacked, and is on the receiving end of the "Death to America and Israel" chanting by Iranian leaders and mobs. The above writers must be brainwashed ISIS warmongers and murderers.

    1. Ah,Go there.and take Huckabee with you.Better yet take em all,of both parties.We need a purge.

    2. Laughable. Who did USS Liberty? Who tried to pull off the Lavon Affair? Probably had a hand in 9/11 with their soul-mates in Saudi Arabia. Who lied non-stop until the US attacked Iraq?

    3. "never attacks others except to protect itself when attacked" lol lol lol and the other comments.
      Are you real????

    4. "…ONE country in the mid-east that loves and supports the U.S…."

      Seriously?!?!? They despise us and make no effort to mask it. The fact that the US media fails to make it clear to the American people doesn't mean it isn't so. The only thing they love about us is our money and that we foolishly support them without reason or logic.

  5. To think to pay compensation to Israel is extremely stupid.
    Israel is the head of sneak creating middle east problems and America is the main sponsored to Israel.CNN CNBC FOX keep legitimise this to ignorant public.
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  6. Armed with a fleet of B2s, how many new "Existential threats" will Israel be compelled to deal with?

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  7. I suppose the democratic will of the USA citizens will be respected as well as the will of the Greeks in the recent referendum.

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  8. The U.S. is Israel's ATM. The zionists will use any reason to increase their withdrawals form the ATM: phony existential threats, an agreement that actually reduces the likelihood of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, anti-semitism, their attack on the USS Liberty (aid to Israel actually quadrupled after the attack), Muslim rebels near their boarder (Israel actually supports al Qaede affiliates), bottle rockets from Gaza (which justify massacres of women and children), and the lies goes on and on.

  9. And amazingly, the israeli controlled US government just issued a statement granting Jonathan Pollard, the israeli traitor of all traitors, to be released from prison in November. You can't make this stuff up.

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