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New Poll Shows More Israelis Supporting Talks with PLO

A public opinion poll conducted last month indicates a slight swing toward moderation on the future of the administered territories and the Palestinians.

The survey was conducted by Professor Eliyahu Katz, director of the Institute for Applied Social Research.

It found that 30 percent of Israelis now support negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization, up from 13 percent in 1978.

The difference was attributed to PLO chief Yasir Arafat’s recognition of Israel and renunciation of terrorism before the United Nations in Geneva Dec. 14.

According to the poll, 35 percent of Israelis are unalterably opposed to relinquishing any part of the administered territories, compared to 45 percent in March 1987.

The number who would support returning part of the territories increased to 48 percent from 36 percent in March 1987.

The number of Israelis who would agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state increased by 10 percent compared with 20 years ago, the survey showed.