Wednesday, July 21, 2010

(NEWS) Poll: 71.5% Israelis Favor Peace Talks

"Annual Peace Index shows 42.5% think Obama is pro-Palestinian.

The Israeli Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University released the 2010 Peace Index on Wednesday, revealing Israelis' positions on peace talks, captive soldier Gilad Schalit, US President Barack Obama and other current events and issues.

Nearly three-quarters of the Israeli Jewish public supports holding talks with the Palestinians, but only 32.4% believe they will lead to peace. High support for talks along with pessimism about their outcome has characterized public opinion since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993. Most Israelis - 62% - support direct dialogue, with only 14% supporting proximity talks mediated by US envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell."

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