Polls: Huge support for operation, not invasion

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
November 19, 2012 20:37

 
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Israelis expressed strong backing for Operation Pillar of Defense's attacks by air but hesitancy to add a ground offensive, according to polls taken in recent days.

The polls were taken amid questions over whether thousands of IDF reservists who were called up would be used for ground operations or whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were bluffing when they threatened to enter the Gaza Strip.

A poll taken by Panels for the Israeli Center for Political Training found that 85 percent of Israelis believe embarking on the operation was a correct decision. But when asked what should happen next, 45% said to continue air strikes, 22% said to seek a cease fire, and just 25% recommended a ground offensive.

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