(JNS.org) In a new Israel Hayom poll, a majority of Israeli Jews—66.7 percent—characterized U.S. President Barack Obama’s handling of the Syria crisis as “not successful.” Meanwhile, 65.3 percent said that given Obama’s conduct regarding Syria, he would not be able to successfully deal with the Iran nuclear program.
The poll was conducted before Saturday’s announcement that the U.S. and Russia had reached a deal stipulating that Syria would provide a full account of its chemical weapons stockpile within a week, and then the weapons must be destroyed by mid-2014. The deal means the U.S. will not carry out a military strike on Syria, if Syria complies.
A plurality of Israeli Jews polled—49.7 percent—said Obama’s decision to delay a military strike against Syria was wrong, while 32.8 percent said he made the right choice.
Poll respondents were asked who won the current round of events in Syria—Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, or Israel. Putin came in first at 48.3 percent, followed by Assad (39.6 percent), Obama (8.8 percent) and Israel (5.1 percent). On the question of who lost that round of events, 63 percent said Obama.