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Originally posted by marg6043
I wonder if is hatred what is keeping the Israeli leader from peace, it seems that all he wants is instigate violence with his actions.
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has approached the opposition Labor Party with a tentative offer to join his shaky coalition, in hopes of avoiding early elections and saving his Gaza withdrawal plan, Labor officials said Tuesday.
The contacts were Sharon's latest attempt to extricate himself from an ongoing coalition crisis over the 2005 state budget and his plan to pull out of Gaza and four West Bank settlements next year. Labor's inclusion in the government would greatly improve Sharon's chances of going ahead with the withdrawal.
Sharon lost a parliamentary majority in the summer, when hawkish supporters quit over the Gaza plan. His troubles grew this week when the secular-rights Shinui Party, his biggest coalition partner, threatened to pull out of the government over budget concessions to religious parties.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) sacked his main coalition partner on Wednesday after a humiliating parliamentary defeat that left him scrambling to avoid early elections and save his Gaza withdrawal plan.
Sharon dismissed the Shinui party shortly after it defied him by voting against the 2005 state budget in a first reading in parliament, and aides said he would immediately approach the center-left Labour Party to prevent his government's collapse.