70% of Israelis oppose cease-fire - survey

A survey by Shiluv Millward Brown finds widespread skepticism in Israel about the chances of the Gaza front staying quiet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have declared last night that the cease-fire with Hamas was Israel's best option, but a decisive majority of the Israeli public disagrees. A survey carried out a few hours before the announcement of the cease-fire understandings in Cairo finds 70% of Israelis opposed to halting the military operation in the Gaza Strip.

The survey, conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown, was reported by Channel 2. It comprised three questions.

The first was: Should Israel now agree to a cease-fire? 70% of respondents replied "No", 24% "Yes", and 6% "Don't know".

The second question was: Will the cease-fire agreement hold, and for how long? The results indicate wholesale lack of faith on the part of the Israeli public in the success of the agreement. 64% responded that it would hold for only a short time; 24% said it would not take hold at all; 7% said the agreement with Hamas would last for a long time; and 5% responded "Don't know".

The third and last question was: Has Israel's deterrent capability improved or deteriorated as a result of Operation Pillar of Cloud? 58% responded that it had improved; 15% believe it has deteriorated; 23% responded that there had been no change; and 4% said they had no opinion.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on November 22, 2012

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