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Sharon Courts Labor Party for Unity Government

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attends a Likud Party conference at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem, July 12, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon begins talks with opposition Labor Party leader Shimon Peres about forming a national unity government. Adding Labor to Sharon's coalition would boost his unilateral plan — opposed by conservatives in Sharon's Likud Party — to disengage from the Palestinians. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and NPR's Peter Kenyon.



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