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Most Israelis would have preferred Shimon Peres as their president, according to a poll published the day after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s stunning loss in a secret Knesset ballot to lawmaker Moshe Katsav. The survey of 520 people, published in the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot, found that 54 percent preferred Peres, 42 percent were for Katsav and 4 percent had no response.

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