A poll to be released
Monday reportedly indicates more than half of Europeans believe Israel
poses a greater threat to world peace than Iran and North Korea.
The findings were published early by several
Nearly 60 percent of Europeans surveyed ranked Israel as the
country posing the biggest threat to world peace today. According
to France's Le Monde newspaper, the United States ranks
sixth on the list, after North Korea, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The early October poll of more than 7,500 people across the European
Union is to be formally released by the European Commission on
Monday. A spokesman for the commission, reached in Brussels Saturday,
said the survey looks at how Europeans feel about a number of issues,
not just about world peace.
The findings underscore continued trans-Atlantic divisions on
a number of issues, most recently the U.S.-led war on Iraq. Many
Europeans adamantly opposed the war, even those living in countries
such as Spain, where the government sided with Washington.
The new survey, called the Eurobarometer, found that two thirds
of Europeans are still against the war.
In other reported findings, nearly 58 percent said the United
Nations, rather than the United States, should oversee the post-war
reconstruction of Iraq.
More than half of the Europeans surveyed said they opposed sending
European peacekeepers to Iraq. And nearly two thirds said they
believed Washington should pick up the bill for post-war reconstruction
of that country, according to the reports.
At the same time, however, more than 80 percent said they believe
European nations should increase humanitarian aid to Iraq.
Results of this latest, wide-ranging European survey were released
in part in late October, following an Iraq donors' conference in
Madrid. But the results released then did not include the question
about which countries were seen as a threat.