Israel is under growing pressure to talk to the Islamist Palestinian group Hamas, which fired a barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel yesterday, killing a student.
The strike followed the publication of a poll showing 64% of Israelis want their government to negotiate with Hamas to broker a ceasefire and secure the release of a soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was captured in 2006.
A Tel Aviv University professor, Camil Fuchs, who supervised the survey for Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper, said the results showed that Israeli’s were fed up with the conflict. “They’re tired, they want a normal life,” Fuchs said. [Via The Guardian]
Who doesnâ€™t want a normal life? Itâ€™s heartening that the Israeli people are turning toward the reality of the situation with such pragmatism. How will their government respond and will the US government allow them the sovereignty of their decision if it aligns with public opinion on this matter?
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