Maariv: A survey reveals an Israeli majority supports to reach a deal with Hamas to release prisoners in exchange for a ceasefire

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A new public opinion poll in Israel, on Friday, revealed a majority of 67% supporting a new deal to release Israeli prisoners from Gaza in exchange for a ceasefire in the Strip.

According to Maariv newspaper, the survey asked a question: “Do you support or oppose another deal to return the hostages in exchange for a ceasefire?”

The results of the poll indicated that 67% were in favor, while 22% were opposed, and 11% responded that they don’t know.

Maariv newspaper also asked the respondents, “Is’t correct to stop the fighting while negotiating the agreement, or should the fighting be stopped only after signing the agreement?”

The answers were: 11% in favor to stop during the negotiations, and 73% to stop after signing the agreement, while the percentage of those who answered “I don’t know” was 16%.

Regarding the question: “Should the State of Israel continue with the current ceasefire framework in exchange for the daily release of kidnappers?”

The answers were: “67% support, 22% oppose, and 11% don’t know”.

On the other hand, the results of the poll indicated that only 33% of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is most suitable for the position of prime minister, compared to 46% who said that Defense Council Minister Benny Gantz is most suitable for this position, and 20% didn’t have a specific answer.

The results show an improvement in Netanyahu’s standing after press polls in recent weeks indicated that only 27% believe that Netanyahu is suitable for this position.

The poll also indicated that if Israeli elections were held today, the “National Unity” party headed by Benny Gantz would take first place with 38 seats, compared to the “Likud” headed by Netanyahu getting 18 seats, while the “There is a Future” party headed by Yair Lapid would take third place, by acquiring 13 of the 120 Knesset seats.

Based on the results of the poll, if elections had been held today, the parties supporting Netanyahu would have obtained 45 seats, while the parties opposing him would have obtained 70 seats, in addition to 5 seats for the coalition of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality and the Arab List for Change.

According to the law, in order to be able to form a government, it’s necessary to obtain the confidence of at least 61 representatives in order to form a government.

Maariv indicated that the poll was conducted by the “Lazar” Institute on a random sample of 502 Israelis, and the margin of error was 4.3%.

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