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2005-12-12 04:54:07

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has widened his lead ahead of a March 28 general election, aided by defections from his former Likud party to his new centrist Kadima party, a poll found on Monday. The opinion poll published in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily found that Kadima would win 41 seats in the 120-member parliament in the election, setting the stage for Sharon's re-election. The survey was conducted following a stream of defections from the right-wing...

2005-12-11 07:01:11

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz joined Ariel Sharon's new Kadima faction on Sunday, sowing further disarray in the ruling rightist Likud Party abandoned by the prime minister in the run-up to a March general election. Mofaz is a popular figure among many Israelis for his tough handling of a 5-year-old Palestinian uprising, although opinion polls had predicted he would lose a Likud leadership race on December 19 to former Prime Minister...

2005-12-05 08:32:29

By Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said on Monday he would not cave in to populist demands to dramatically boost welfare spending as a means to win over the electorate. "There's no magic solutions and that is especially true in an election year," he told a business conference. "I won't give in to pressure. I will not turn this into an election economy." The issue of deepening poverty even as the Israeli economy posts rapid growth has come to the...

2005-12-01 08:52:49

By Jeffrey Heller TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Ariel Sharon, buoyed in the polls after forming a new party for a March election, pledged on Thursday to seek peace with the Palestinians but stood firm on keeping many West Bank settlements. The Israeli prime minister said his departure from the rightist Likud party last week to create a centrist movement meant he would no longer "waste time" battling opponents to his strategy for ending the Middle East conflict. But Sharon, speaking...

2005-11-30 17:00:59

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres announced on Wednesday he was throwing his support behind Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in March elections and ending his own political activity in the Labor Party. Peres' widely expected move, following his defeat in a Labor leadership ballot on November 9, was a vote of confidence by the Nobel peace laureate in Sharon's oft-repeated pledge to make "painful concessions" for peace with the Palestinians. "I ask myself what is...

2005-11-30 10:47:47

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's ruling Likud party, which has dominated Israeli politics for much of the past three decades, will sink to its weakest level in March's general election, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday. The poll in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper predicted victory in a March 28 election for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who quit the rightist Likud last week to form a centrist party he says will be better able to end conflict with the Palestinians. In line with other...

2005-11-29 17:07:46

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Veteran statesman Shimon Peres will announce on Wednesday he is leaving the Labor Party to back Ariel Sharon in Israel's March election, without formally joining the prime minister's new party, Channel 10 TV said. There was no immediate confirmation from Peres's aides. Channel 10 said Peres, attending an Israeli-Palestinian soccer match in Barcelona, conveyed his decision to one of its reporters accompanying him on the trip. The departure of...

2005-11-29 15:03:25

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Veteran statesman Shimon Peres will announce on Wednesday he is leaving the Labour Party to back Ariel Sharon in Israel's March election, without formally joining the prime minister's new party, Channel 10 TV said. There was no immediate confirmation from Peres's aides. Channel 10 said Peres, attending an Israeli-Palestinian soccer match in Barcelona, conveyed his decision to one of its reporters accompanying him on the trip. The departure of...

2005-11-28 14:18:04

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres may leave the Labor Party that ousted him as its leader and join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new centrist list, a spokesman for Peres said on Monday. The defection of the 82-year-old Peres would represent a vote of confidence by the Nobel peace laureate in Sharon's oft-repeated pledge to make "painful concessions" for peace with the Palestinians. Branded a "loser" by political satirists for repeated...

2005-11-28 15:38:12

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres may leave the Labour Party that ousted him as its leader and join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new centrist list, a spokesman for Peres said on Monday. The defection of the 82-year-old Peres would represent a vote of confidence by the Nobel peace laureate in Sharon's oft-repeated pledge to make "painful concessions" for peace with the Palestinians. Speaking to reporters in Barcelona, where he is...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'