Israelis want Olmert removed

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A recently conducted public opinion poll showed that a majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Ehud Olmert should be suspended or removed from office due to the numerous corruption investigations against him.

Some 55 percent of the 1,000 Israelis polled by the Ma'agar Mohot survey company said that under present circumstances, Olmert could not continue to serve as the nation's leader.

A 53 percent majority of respondents said they believe Olmert's primary motivation for going to the upcoming US-hosted peace summit with the intention of surrendering Israel's biblical heartland is to save his own political skin. Even 40 percent of respondents from Olmert's own Kadima party agreed with that assertion.

Sixty-five percent of those polled said Olmert would go to the Annapolis gathering without a public mandate to make sweeping land concessions to the Palestinians.

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