Losing Favor

As the Begin government and U.S. officials discuss possible peace moves for the Middle East, the American public feels that the Israelis should accept President Reagan's comprehensive proposal of last month, even if it means giving up land occupied by Israel since the 1967 war. Some 64% believe that Israel should accept the plan, while only 23% feel that it should not, according to a Yankelovich, Skelly & White, Inc., public opinion survey conducted for TIME between Oct. 5 and 7.

Both Israel and Prime Minister Menachem Begin have lost considerable support among...

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