Israel's Sharon, Mitzna Discuss Coalition
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday told the leader of the rival Labor Party that the country's two largest parties must join forces in a broad-based government to face the Palestinian conflict and economic problems.
Labor leader Amram Mitzna gave no immediate response to Sharon's request, but has said repeatedly that Labor would not join a government led by Sharon and his hawkish Likud Party.
"Sharon's positions are non-starters," said Avraham Shohat, a member of parliament with Labor. "We can't be in a government where everything that we told our voters will not be fulfilled." [more]