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February 9, 2005
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Most Israelis are optimistic about the future and back Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal plan, a poll found. According to Tuesday’s survey in Yediot Achronot, 61 percent of Israelis are very or quite optimistic that there is calm in store as the Israeli prime minister holds his first peace summit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Another 37 percent are pessimistic.

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