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Israelis oppose Gaza invasion

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Most Israelis would oppose a large-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip, a poll found. Sunday’s Ma’ariv survey, conducted ahead of a Cabinet discussion on how Israel should respond to continued rocket salvos by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, showed that only 32 percent of citizens would support a major ground offensive.Twenty-eight percent would want Israel to renew its policy of pre-emptively killing terrorist leaders, while 25 percent voiced support for stepped-up peace negotiations. The poll had 500 respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.Ma’ariv quoted a separate poll as finding dramatically different views in Sderot, a southern Israeli town that has suffered hundreds of Gazan rocket salvoes. According to that survey, 70 percent of the townspeople want Gaza invaded. More than half said they were considering leaving Sderot. No data on the number of respondents or margin of error were given.

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