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Israelis want Jewish prime minister

Most Israelis would support legislation requiring that the prime minister be Jewish, a poll found.

According to a survey commissioned by the Israel office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation policy institute and published this week, 64 percent of Israelis would welcome such legislation, 12 percent would reluctantly accept it as necessary, and 22 percent would oppose it.

The idea found surprisingly strong minority support, 31 percent, among Israeli Arabs.

Despite the apparent concern for keeping Israel’s chief executive Jewish, the poll found that 97 percent of citizens believe interracial tolerance is important and 77 percent want equal rights for all ethnic groups.

The survey had 609 respondents and a 4.1 percent margin of error.

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