Majority Want Olmert to Resign

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The June survey by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research revealed that 61 percent of Israelis want to see Prime Minister Olmert resign from office before a final decision on an indictment by the State Prosecutor's office.

Forty percent of those surveyed favored early elections, while 21 percent said they would like to see Olmert replaced without new elections.

According to the Steinmetz Center, those findings indicate that a majority of Israelis want an end to the present government.

Ten percent said the prime minister should continue to govern until the results of the police investigation, while 20 percent said he should see if the State Prosecutor's Office indicts him. Olmert said he would resign if indicted.

Sixty percent oppose the concept that Olmert should not resign because it might damage the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the alleged contacts with Syria.

Asked who could advance the peace process while protecting Israel, 27 percent favored opposition leader and Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, 17 percent said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni , 8 percent Defense Minister and Labor chairman Ehud Barak, 6 percent Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz , 5 percent Prime Minister and Kadima chairman Ehud Olmert and 3 percent would like to see Public Security Minister Avi Dichter.

The June survey also showed that 67 percent of the public oppose ceding the Golan Heights to Syria, while 16 percent of Israelis support such a move. Seventeen percent were ambivalent or declined to answer.

Source: Haaretz

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