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Unity for Israel

Last updated: 2004-07-14

Shimon Peres and Ariel Sharon

Shimon Peres and Ariel Sharon

Israel's opposition Labour Party has accepted an offer by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to open formal talks on joining a broad-based unity government.

Labour Party members, meeting in Jerusalem Tuesday, agreed to begin discussions on the composition of the government.

Mr. Sharon met with Labour Party leader Shimon Peres Monday to discuss setting up a new government that could secure parliamentary approval of the prime minister's plan to withdraw from Gaza and parts of the West Bank next year.

Mr. Sharon has warned critics within his Likud Party that he could call early elections if they try to block the formation of a unity government and halt his disengagement plan.

Story supplied by: VOAnews