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Majority of Israelis Pessimistic About Chances for Peace with Arabs

The majority of Israelis (73 percent) believe there is no chance that the Geneva talks would bring peace in the coming months, 66 percent believe Arab states are not willing to talk peace with Israel and 60 percent feel another war will break out in a year or two. These tendencies were reported by the Institute for Applied Social Research, which is conducting a running research about attitudes in the public since the Yom Kippur War.

Other findings of the survey show: 82 percent believe that the Arab aim is not to regain occupied territories but to annihilate Israel; 77 percent believe they can adjust to the present situation; 70 percent feel they will not have any personal economic problems if the present emergency situation continues; 79 percent reject the claim that the more areas returned the more willing the Arabs will be for a genuine peace; and 33 percent reject accepting American pressure to return all territories.