Poll: Israelis back Netanyahu's tough stance in US

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Posted: May 26, 2011 3:50 AM
Poll: Israelis back Netanyahu's tough stance in US

An Israeli poll indicates that support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has surged following his contentious visit to the United States.

Netanyahu had a a tense meeting in Washington with President Barack Obama over the nature of a future Palestinian state. In an address before Congress, he insisted Israel would not return to its pre-1967 war borders.

The survey has 51 percent of those polled supporting Netanyahu _ a 13 percent increase from the Dialog Institute's previous poll published five weeks ago. The latest poll results were published Thursday in the Haaretz daily.

Forty-seven percent of Israelis surveyed believe Netanyahu's U.S. trip was a success while only 10 percent see it as a failure. The poll surveyed 477 people and had a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.