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January 23, 2003

Polls: Dilemma facing Sharon

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's party is expected to easily win the most seats in parliament in next week's election, but new polls show he could face a daunting dilemma in forming a new government.

The makeup of the next Israeli government will be crucial in determining how Israel responds to the 28-month-old Palestinian intifada -- and to a road map from the Madrid Quartet calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Sharon has said he needs a national unity government to push through his policies, but that option seems highly unlikely.

Sharon said in October when his unity government fell apart that an election was the last thing Israel needed.
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