Most Israelis want peace talks with Syria, but not at the cost of giving up the Golan. A poll published over the weekend by Yediot Achronot found that 67 percent of Israelis think their government should respond to recent peace overtures from Syria by resuming negotiations that stalled in 2000. But an almost equal number — 66 percent — said they would be opposed to returning the Golan Heights to Syria, even under a peace treaty.
One in 50 Israelis is Christian. According to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Jerusalem ahead of Christmas, Israel has 148,000 Christian citizens, making up 2.1 percent of the population. Most of these are Christian Arabs, but the figure includes some 28,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
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