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Israelis Heavily Favor Peace Talks

Israelis overwhelmingly support their country’s decision to participate in the Madrid peace conference, according to the latest public opinion polls.

The two latest surveys, published Friday in leading Israeli dailies, show heavy majorities favor Israel’s participation in the talks, and significant numbers expect them to yield positive results.

But the figures differ in the two polls.

On the question of Israel meeting with its Arab neighbors and the Palestinians, a poll conducted by the Teleseker organization, published in Ma’ariv, got a 73.5 percent favorable response.

Only 14.6 percent opposed Israel attending the conference and 11.6 percent had no opinion.

A Dahaf poll, published in Yediot Achronot, showed even stronger sentiment in favor of the peace conference. Israelis support it by a huge majority of 91 to 7 percent, that poll said.

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