Poll: Majority of Palestinians support kidnappings

July 9, 2006 18:05


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A large majority of Palestinians support the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was nabbed in a June cross-border raid, according to a poll released Sunday. The survey by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center showed 77 percent of those questioned support the kidnapping of Shalit, while 67 percent said they support further abductions in the current political climate. Almost three-quarters of those polled, about 69 percent, believe the soldier should only be released in return for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Only 17 percent said Shalit should be released to avoid an Israeli military incursion into Gaza.

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