Poll: 51% of Israelis favor building moratorium

Most Israelis think a freeze is acceptable in exchange for aid; 68% do not think the freeze will lead to renewed peace talks.

November 18, 2010 14:11
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Over half of Israelis support an additional construction moratorium, according to a poll commissioned by the Knesset Channel, released Thursday.

The survey showed that 51 percent of Israelis would be willing to accept the three-month freeze in exchange for aid from the US.

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The survey also shows that 45% of the public opposes a freeze.

In addition, 73% agree with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that any building freeze should not include Jerusalem. Only 22% of Israelis think that construction in Jerusalem should be banned, as well.

Despite supporting a freeze, 68% do not believe that it will help renew talks with the Palestinians, while 29% think the opposite.

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