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Majority of Israelis Polled Would Keep Teritories in Peace Accord

An overwhelming majority of Israelis insists that Israel retain the West Bank as part of a future peace settlement, according to a poll conducted by the Modin Ezrachi organization, published in Maariv Wednesday. A fifth of the respondents want Israel to annex the territory and transfer the Arab population from it.

The pollsters interviewed 1,205 adults. According to the responses, 68.8 percent favor a peace settlement that would leave the West Bank in Israeli hands, while 31.1 percent were prepared to give up all or part of the territory for peace. Annexation and removal of the Arab population was favored by 20.1 percent.