Gilad Schalit 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A majority of the public supports the deal signed with Hamas to return Gilad
Schalit in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners, a Channel 10
survey released on Friday revealed.
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The survey, carried out by Channel 10
and the Midgam Project, found that 69 percent of Israelis support the deal for
Schalit. Of those surveyed, 26% said they oppose the deal.
participants said they support the deal despite that a majority of them, 62%,
answered they believe Israel’s security situation will worsen as a result of the
release of the 1,027 prisoners. According to the survey, 32% of Israelis
do not expect a change in the security situation.
participants largely expressed support for the deal, many voiced doubt of the
purity of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s motives in making the agreement
Just 22% said Netanyahu agreed to the swap because he
believes it is good for Israel.
Public pressure to free Schalit caused
Netanyahu to make the deal, in the opinion of 35% of participants. An
additional 35% said he made the deal with Hamas out of political considerations,
such as weakening Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas or deflecting
public attention from social-justice protests.