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Olmert to be sworn in on unilateral border plan

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Olmert to be sworn in on unilateral border plan

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Israel’s new government is set to be sworn into office with a plan to set the borders of the Jewish states with or without Palestinian agreement. Incoming Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, whose centrist Kadima party was voted into office in March, is to lead a coalition made up of the centre-left Labour party, the pensioners party, and the ultra orthodox Shas.

Olmert has undertaken to set Israel’s borders by 2010. In the absence of a deal with the Palestinians, he has said he will evacuate isolated settlements in the West Bank while boosting large blocks. Olmert succeeded Ariel Sharon in January after the former prime minister suffered a stroke. He is likely to face challenges from right wing and nationalist parties keen to scupper his plans to pull out of certain West Bank settlements.