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2005-12-05 12:32:18

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon plans to name veteran peacemaker Shimon Peres as minister of peace affairs if his new centrist party wins a March parliamentary election, Israel Radio said on Monday. Sharon said on Sunday Peres, 82, would play an important role in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking if Kadima won the ballot. Peres threw his support to Sharon shortly after being voted out as head of the center-left Labour party last month. Israel Radio cited...

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...

2005-11-08 15:49:48

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may break away from his rightist Likud and form a new political party after a crisis with hardliners who opposed the Gaza pullout, a television report said on Tuesday. The report on Channel One television said national elections, now scheduled for November 2006, could be moved up to April or May after Likud lawmakers still angry at the withdrawal thwarted Sharon's bid on Monday to name two cabinet ministers. "He cannot work...

2005-09-27 01:15:34

By Jonathan Saul TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon triumphed over rival Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in a make-or-break Likud vote that had threatened his grip on Israel's ruling party after a Gaza pullout. Likud's Central Committee narrowly rejected Netanyahu's motion to bring forward the party leadership election to November from next April in protest at Sharon's removal of soldiers and settlers from Gaza after 38 years of occupation. Sharon's position among Likud...

2005-09-27 00:44:05

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon triumphed in a Likud party vote on Monday, stalling a leadership challenge by rightist Benjamin Netanyahu, a party official said after the ballots were counted. The official, citing final figures, said Likud's Central Committee voted against Netanyahu's motion to advance to November a party leadership election in protest at the Gaza pullout Sharon championed. The official, Micha Gabbai, put the margin of Sharon's victory at...

2005-09-27 00:41:04

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon triumphed in a Likud party vote on Monday, stalling a leadership challenge by rightist Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 2 TV said after the ballots were counted. The report said the Likud's Central Committee narrowly voted against Netanyahu's motion to advance to November a party leadership election in protest at the Gaza pullout Sharon championed. Channel 2 gave no final figures. The primary is slated for April.

2005-09-26 14:10:50

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stalled a leadership challenge by rightist Benjamin Netanyahu in a Likud party vote on Monday, an exit poll showed. Israel Radio said Likud's Central Committee voted by 51 percent to 49 percent against Netanyahu's motion to advance a party leadership ballot to November in protest at the Gaza pullout Sharon championed. The primary is scheduled for April. The poll had a margin of error of 5 percent. Sharon's aides had said if...

2005-09-22 02:24:38

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would comfortably win re-election if he formed a new party in the event he lost a Likud leadership battle to rightist rival Benjamin Netanyahu, a poll showed on Thursday. The survey splashed across the front page of Yedioth Ahronoth daily on the eve of a key Likud executive meeting said Sharon would win 36 parliament seats, four less than Likud's current total, to 14 for a Netanyahu-led Likud. It showed the center-left Labor...

2005-09-21 08:45:25

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli cabinet members urged Ariel Sharon and chief rival Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to avert a showdown that could hasten the break-up of their ruling party and trigger early elections following a Gaza pullout. Fresh from an unusually warm reception at the United Nations, prime minister Sharon is trying to weather a political storm at home as his rightist Likud prepares to decide on Monday on Netanyahu's bid to bring forward a party...

2005-09-19 10:09:59

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flew home on Monday to a battle for his political survival after collecting diplomatic dividends at the United Nations for a pullout from the Gaza Strip. Sharon faces a showdown with hardline rival Benjamin Netanyahu trying to unseat him as head of their rightist Likud party, a move that could bring down the government, force early elections and keep peacemaking with the Palestinians on hold. In a show of...


Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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