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Israelis split on keeping Golan

Around half of Israelis would support ceding all or some of the Golan Heights under a peace deal with Syria, a poll found.

According to a survey in Friday’s Yediot Acharonot, 32 percent would agree to Syria’s demand for a full return of the Golan in exchange for a comprehensive peace deal, while 17 percent would support only a partial handover of the strategic plateau.

Fifty-one percent of Israelis want to keep all of the Golan, which the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed, even if at the cost of peace with Syria.

The poll, which had 500 respondents and a 4.5 percent margin of error, found that Israeli distrust of Syrian President Bashar Assad runs deep despite his recent offers to revive peace talks.

Seventy-four percent of Israelis believe Assad is “not serious” about seeking peace, while 26 percent believe he is.

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