posted on Nov, 21 2005 @ 02:59 AM
Sharon's new party is expected to attract 12 to 14 Likud MKs.
- Among those planning to join Arik Sharon are Finance Minister Ehud Olmert, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Ministers
Avraham Hirschon, Meir Sheetrit and Gideon Ezra. MKs Roni Bar-On, Eli Aflalo, Ruhama Avraham, Inbal
Gavrieli and Majali Wahabi were also reported to be planning to support Sharon.
Meanwhile, countless other names of figures not currently part of the political establishment were also mentioned in recent weeks, including
former Shin Bet Director Avi Dicther and Ben Gurion University of the Negev President Avishay Braverman - and Uriel Reichman,
one of the founders of Shinui Party and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
- Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, yesterday announced he would contend the Likud chairmanship, should Sharon choose to quit, has yet to give
Sharon his answer.
- Shimon Peres (Labor party), who had long talks with Sharon regarding future cooperation, will not leave jis party to join Sharon's
Likud is expected to face a battle over party leadership following Sharon's withdrawal.
Following Sharon's ouster, Likud Central Committee chairman Tzachi Hanegbi has been appointed temporary Likud secretary-general.
According to a poll commissioned by the Knesset Channel, former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu
is far ahead of his rivals for the Likud
leadership, with support of 41 percent of the voters.
Army Radio said March 8, 2006
was now the most likely date for elections.
There are rumors, the name of PM Sharon's new centrist party will be Ahrayut Leumit (= National
[edit on 21-11-2005 by Riwka]