Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Israel: 29 Percent Believe Netanyahu will Bring Peace

According to a Harry Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem poll, of the candidates running for prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu enjoys the greatest support among voters asked which candidate will bring peace to the region, 29%.

The Israeli public interviewed taking part in the poll feel the opposition leader is best qualified to actualize a peace agreement between Israel, the PA (Palestinian Authority) and Syria. Tzipi Livni received 16% and Labor leader Ehud Barak, 9%.

When asked who they would elect as prime minister, the results were similar with Netanyahu in the lead with 30%, Livni 19% and Barak 11%.

When asked if giving away the Golan Heights in a peace agreement with Syria was brought to a national referendum, a resounding 64% of respondents stated they would oppose the deal. 25% expressed support. If Syria announced a willingness to cut ties with Hizbullah and Syria, then support for such a move increased to 31%.

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