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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2006

Israeli election:

Sharon's policies without Sharon

KADIMA - THE new party formed by the comatose former prime minister Ariel Sharon from the previously governing right-wing Likud coalition - emerged as the largest party in Israel's general election last week. Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party crashed into third place.

Led by acting prime minister Ehud Olmert, Kadima will horse trade to possibly form a ruling coalition with the social-democratic Labour party, led by Amir Peretz, and a combination of right-wing and religious parties, the pensioners party and the 'left-wing' Meretz party.

In terms of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Olmert wants to press ahead with Ariel Sharon's plan for a unilateral withdrawal (by 2010) of some Israeli settlements from parts of the occupied West Bank in order to redefine an enlarged Israel with a Jewish majority.

Olmert says there is no Palestinian partner for peace negotiations around a 'two-state' solution, especially now that the Islamist Hamas overwhelmingly won February's Palestinian general election.

A greater Israel would also include Syria's Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, annexed during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Such a plan - backed by the US White House - would leave Palestinians administering an unviable patchwork of towns and villages, amounting to only 22% of the Palestinian territory that existed before Israel's formation in 1948.

A Kadima-led coalition will continue the previous government's neo-liberal economic policies These policies mean cutting public spending, accelerating privatisation, and 'reforming' the benefits system. Inevitably, this programme will lead to further clashes with Israel's trade unions.

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