Chronicle poll results: Israel’s response to Iran’s attack
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Chronicle poll results: Israel’s response to Iran’s attack

We asked our readers if they support Israel responding to Iran's attack. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Do you support Israel responding to Iran’s attack?” Of the 273 people who responded, 57% said yes; 25% said no; and 18% said they weren’t sure. Comments were submitted by 101 people. A few follow.

Israel has no choice but to respond directly against Iran, but Israel also must engage in the PR war because its is getting slaughtered in the media and with the young generation.

The successful deterrence of Iran’s attack turned world opinion back in favor of Israel. Restraint would be a better strategy.

Dayenu! Enough is enough.

I do, but not now or at any time when it might be expected, and not in any way that might affect a population center. Israel should just keep doing what it can and does do well: plan and implement surprise surgical strikes aimed at key governmental and military figures in the Iranian government. The same applies to Hamas.

It’s necessary. Israel is a peace-loving nation, but this doesn’t mean being a victim of aggressive behavior and planned oppressive action against her. Israel just needs to keep it calculated, smart and unexpected. It’s the physical Goliath, against us, the intellectual David.

Israel provoked it and even though Iran’s response was disproportionate, right now all the other Arab nations are anti-Iran and Israel needs to keep it that way.

It’s the Middle East. When you don’t respond you’re perceived as weak. When you’re perceived as weak the boys come after you.

Iran’s (despotic) regime felt they had to do what they did to save face with the Iranian citizens who still support them. It did little damage. The smart move for Netanyahu is to support further U.S. sanctions and not allow himself and his war hawk coalition to be provoked into a wider, dangerous, less manageable conflict.

Israel is the only country that has to defend itself for defending itself. Unbelievable.

Fortunately the Iranian response caused limited injuries and damage. A response by Israel would increase the risk of a serious escalation in hostilities that could quickly get out of hand for both parties and for the United States.

Iran was responding to Israel’s attack. Israel repelled Iran’s attack. Israel should declare victory on that front and focus on ending the crisis in Gaza.

I’m not sure it must be an armed attack. Cyber could shut Iran down for a long time.

Yes, but the response should not involve military force. It should be economic. It needs to be proportional to the harm actually inflicted, not intended.

I support Biden’s recommendation: “Take the win.” Use restraint as a catalyst to a broader Mid East policy toward Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately Bibi will again make the wrong choice and miss this greater opportunity. PJC

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