October 30, 2003

Poll: Israel and US Biggest Threats to World Peace

by Andrew Beatty

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Over half of Europeans think that Israel now presents the biggest threat to world peace according to a controversial poll requested by the European Commission.

According to the same survey, Europeans believe the United States contributes the most to world instability along with Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and North Korea. . . .

The European Commission is coming under fire for publishing the results of a number of questions - relating to Iraqi reconstruction - while failing to publish the results which revealed the extent of mistrust of Israel and the United States in Europe, according to Spanish daily El Pais. . . .

The poll, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres/ EOS Gallup Europe, was conducted between 8 and 16 of October.

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[That put the United States behind China (69 percent positive), and not even in the overall Top 10 countries, regions or groups that Australians respect.--Raymond Bonner, "U.S. Image in Australia Isn't So Good, Poll Finds," New York Times, March 29, 2005]

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