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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Israelis wanted longer Gaza onslaught: Poll

An opinion poll indicates that the majority of Israelis wanted Tel Aviv to stage a longer war on the population of the Gaza Strip.

According to the poll, conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, two-thirds of Israelis think Operation Cast Lead finished too early.

The survey found that only thirty percent of Israelis support reoccupying Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Officials in Tel Aviv unleashed a war on Gaza on December 27 allegedly to stop rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, which has been suffering from a 20-month blockade.

Israel later declared a unilateral ceasefire on January 18 after failing to achieve its goals but continues to stage air strikes in the strip.

Palestinian fighters in Gaza have promised to end rocket attacks into Israel when Tel Aviv stops its military operations against the Palestinians and lifts its crippling blockade of the strip.More