Two-thirds of Israelis against more pullouts

by ? | Agence France Presse | October 14, 2005

More than two-thirds of Israelis are against any more pullouts from the West Bank until a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

A survey for the Maariv daily showed that 59 percent supported the recent evacuation of troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip and four small West Bank settlements and 34 percent were opposed to it.

However, asked whether they would support a new round of pullouts from the occupied West Bank ahead of a permanent status agreement, 68 percent said there should be no more evacuations while 28 percent were in favour.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said that he has no plans up his sleeve for a further round of withdrawals but has acknowledged that some of the existing West Bank settlements will not remain in Israeli hands in the future.

A total of 532 people were questioned for Maariv by the Teleseker institute survey which has a 4.1 percent margin of error.
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