Support for pullout rises

Friday, July 01, 2005 | 
After a turbulent week of anti-pullout protests, Israelis are rallying around the government's plan to evacuate 21 Gaza settlements and remove more than 8,000 residents from their homes. The latest poll shows that 62 percent of the Israeli public supports the plan, up from 53 percent three weeks ago. The poll, published in Israel’s biggest newspaper “Yediot Ahronot,” found that opposition to the withdrawal dropped from 38 to 31 percent. Pollsters say opponents of the pullout lost a lot of support when they blocked roads during rush hour and clashed with soldiers and police.

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