Israelis split on P.A. contacts

Israelis are split over whether to negotiate with the Palestinian
Authority coalition government, a poll found. According to the survey
in Monday’s Yediot Achronot, 40 percent of Israelis agree with
their government’s decision to continue boycotting the Palestinian
Authority until its dominant faction Hamas recognizes the Jewish state
and renounces terrorism.

An almost equal number, 39 percent, call for new talks with
the Palestinian Authority, though 17 percent said
the contacts should be limited to Cabinet ministers from the moderate
Fatah faction. The poll had 517 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3
percentage points.

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