63% of Israelis back swap deal to free Shalit

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

Source: AFP, 6-21-11

Nearly two-thirds of Israelis back a prisoner exchange deal which would see 1,000 Palestinians inmates released in order to free captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a poll showed on Tuesday.

The poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute and published in Haaretz newspaper, asked respondents if they would back such a deal even if it meant the release of 450 prisoners with blood on their hands, with 63 percent in favour and 19 percent against.

Another 18 percent of the 600 respondents had no opinion.

The results showed an increase in support from an earlier survey conducted in February, in which 61 percent backed such a deal, while 25 were opposed, Haaretz said.

The poll was conducted on behalf of the campaign for the release of the captive soldier who has been held by Palestinian militants in Gaza for nearly five years. It did not give a margin of error….READ MORE

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