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Misreading Arab public opinion on Iran’s nuclear program

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In a recent interview with the BBC, Israel’s deputy Prime Minister, Dan Meridor, who is also the country’s Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, said that the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons “…sends shivers of fear to all Arab countries.” The assumption behind this statement is that “Arab states” see in Iran’s nuclear program a threat to their national security. This might lead one to believe that Arab governments and publics would support, or at least not oppose, military measures against Iran.

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