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Poll: Half of Israelis support full-scale attack on Palestinians

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  • Ami Isseroff
    11:36 27/07/2001 Last update - 12:02 27/07/2001 http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml;$sessionid$4XAZGFIAABLKTLAUAUKCGWVMCQCQMI5G?item
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      Poll: Half of Israelis support full-scale attack on Palestinians

      By The Associated Press

      [July 27] Nearly half the Israeli population supports a large-scale attack against the Palestinians
      in response to attacks against Israelis, far more than the number favoring the current policy of
      restraint, according to a poll published Friday.

      The Gallup poll in the Ma'ariv daily showed 46 percent in favor of an all-out attack on the
      Palestinian Authority, its leaders and its infrastructure, while 30 percent preferred the current
      policy. The other 24 percent had no response, according to the poll.

      Since declaring a unilateral cease-fire in May, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has refrained from
      large-scale retaliation for Palestinian attacks but has approved limited operations, including
      targeted killing of militants.

      After 17-year-old Ronen Landau was shot and killed by Palestinians in the West Bank on Thursday,
      leaders of the Jewish settlers called on Sharon to cancel the imaginary and bloody cease-fire.

      Responding to another question, 80 percent opposed terror attacks against Palestinians, while 15
      percent were in favor. Last week a gunman killed three Palestinians in a car in the West Bank.
      Police suspect it was retaliation by
      Israeli extremists for Palestinian ambushes.

      Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat accepted a cease-fire negotiated by CIA
      director George Tenet last month, but the truce has not taken hold.
      Palestinians have called for international observers to enforce a truce. Israeli officials say they
      would agree to an expanded role for the CIA.

      The poll showed that 54 percent were in favor of CIA supervision of a truce, while 39 percent were
      opposed.

      The poll questioned 600 Israeli adults and quoted a 4.5 percent margin of error.
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