Israel’s embattled Likud party has chosen a list of candidates to run in the parliamentary election in March. Polls indicate Likud will be heavily defeated in the vote by the newly-created centrist Kadima party of Prime Miniser Ariel Sharon, who remains gravely ill following a stroke.
The list is headed by Benjamin Netanyahu and Sylvan Shalom, who is expected to quit as Foreign Minister today. Yesterday three other Likud cabinet members withdrew from the government under pressure from Netanyahu, the party’s chairman. Likud is campainging on a ticket of opposition to what it regards as further concessions to Palestinians. It represents the views of those Israelis who were against Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal plan.