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Interesting Dichotomy of Opinion

Reader comment on item: Some Common Sense in Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Submitted by Bryan Taplits (United States), Dec 23, 2009 at 11:14


Did you notice the rather provocative dichotomy of opinion in the poll. If you are willing, would you take a stab at explaining it (because it doesn't make any sense to me).

Specifically, more Saudis support an Israeli strike again Iran (25%) then support the establishment of a Jewish State (9%). And fewer Egyptians support an Israeli strike against Iran (17%) then support the establishement of a Jewish state (26%).

There seems to be a conflict here. Can you explain it, other than by male/female (it doesn't make sense to me that women would support a strike; thus, implying that they are more "war-like") . It also appears to me oxymoronic to support a strike but not support the establishment of the State that struck (and vice-versa).


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Daniel Pipes replies:

The two questions are distinct. One refers to an immediate problem (Iranian weapons) and the other to a long-term conflict (accepting a Jewish state).

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