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Increased pressure on Sharon could further endanger the already moribund peace process, destabilize the coalition government and trigger a gloves-off battle for succession in the upper ranks of the Likud, politicians and analysts said.
The prime minister continues to work as scheduled and has not changed anything in his work," an official said on condition of anonymity.
Nonetheless, opposition lawmakers called on the prime minister to step down.
"He should resign," said former Finance Minister Avraham Shochat of the Labor Party. "He is polluting the atmosphere."
But an opinion poll suggested that if charges were brought, the former general who made a remarkable political comeback from controversy over bloodshed in Lebanon two decades ago may have little choice but to bow to public pressure and step down.
Beaming with confidence, Sharon, head of the rightist Likud party, vowed to remain prime minister of the Jewish state at least until the next general election is due to be held in 2007.
"I came here as prime minister and the chairman of the Likud party... a position I intend to fill for many years, at least until 2007," Sharon told the Likud's youth movement in Tel Aviv, prompting loud cheers from the crowd.