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Vast Majority of Israelis Support Offensive in Lebanon


A public opinion poll indicates that nearly nine out of 10 Israelis believe their country's offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon is justified.

The survey published Tuesday in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth ("Latest News") found that 81 percent of those polled think the offensive should continue.

Nearly 60 percent said the offensive should continue until Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is killed.

Only 17 percent said Israel should stop the attacks and start negotiations.

The poll also showed that Israelis are largely satisfied with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's response to the crisis. Nearly 80 percent said that Mr. Olmert's job performance was either very good or fairly good.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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