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Poll Shows Most Israelis Want Olmert to Resign


A new Israeli public opinion poll indicates most Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign because of the way he handled the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Results of the survey published Friday in the Yediot Ahronot daily newspaper show 63 percent of those questioned say Mr. Olmert should step down.

A similar poll published a week ago showed 41 percent said they want Mr. Olmert to resign.

The new survey also indicates that most Israelis view the U.N.-brokered cease fire as a failure for Israel because Hezbollah leadership remained intact and the two Israeli soldiers, whose capture last month sparked the war, are still in captivity.

The survey also indicates a strong swing toward the hard-line Likud party led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and away from Mr. Olmert's centrist Kadima party.

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

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