Only 19 percent of Israelis support an attack against Iran without the backing of the United States, a new poll released on Wednesday found. In the poll conducted by Shibley Telhami, Brookings nonresident senior fellow and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, 42% of respondents said they support a strike against Iran only if there is US support for the move. Nearly a third, 32%, of those polled oppose an attack regardless of US support. – ‘19% of Israelis support non-US-backed Iran strike’

Bill Kristol runs amok with a full-page ad in the New York Times today.

As you can see, it quotes Spencer Ackerman, who said this on Twitter about it: “So apparently the Emergency Committee for Israel has hijacked a quote of mine for a NYTimes ad. I didnt approve that & ECI are clowns.” It was likely due to his piece for The Tablet, which I covered during the run-up to what Kristol unloaded today.

The poll cited above is illustrative.

Israel is a strong, if small, nation that has at least 200 nuclear weapons. We are allies, but the decision to strike is Israel’s, as I wrote yesterday, though that doesn’t make it smart.

But it’s not the decision of the U.S. and the way Bill Kristol and his crew are conducting their smear campaign on Center for American Progress and Media Matters is more about hurting both groups than anything to do with Israel. Kristol and his ilk don’t appreciate M.J. Rosenberg and others being correct and gaining traction inside the U.S., where being an ally to Israel shouldn’t mean we don’t have differences, especially when it comes to hyperbole on Iran, which could lead to grave consequences for everyone.

No one has yet convinced me that anyone can stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. It’s become a national pride issue, with U.S. policy regime change penchant proving what happens to countries who don’t have weaponized nukes.

What happens if Iran gets a nuclear weapon? That is, besides Pres. Obama being blamed for it.

Bill Kristol and his group want to diminish the power of CAP and Media Matters and he’s using Israel to do it. This has little to do with Israel.

photo via Adam Serwer on Twitter