Israeli retaliation

It's your call

January 24, 1991

Despite U.S. pleas for restraint, key Israeli military and political leaders attended an emergency meeting to discuss retaliation for Iraqi missile attacks, according to reports yesterday. Most Evening Sun readers and other callers to Sundial yesterday said they thought that Israel would retaliate.

Of 460 callers, 390 (85 percent) said they believed that Israel would strike back, while 70 (15 percent) said Israel would not. Of 463 callers, 293 (63 percent) said they believed Israel should retaliate for the attacks, while 170 (37 percent) said Israel should not.

However, callers were split more closely on how an Israeli response would affect the war. Forty-one percent (188 of 459 callers) said they believed that retaliation by Israel would widen the war and destroy the allied coalition, while 59 percent (271 callers) said they did not believe that would happen.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.

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