Saturday, February 26, 2005

Poll: Sharon Implementing Labor's Platform

From Israel National News

A recent poll shows a majority of voters believe Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is acting contrary to the platform upon which he was elected.

The poll, carried out by "Brain Base" ["Ma'agar Mohot"] via telephone conversations with a representative sample of 568 adult Israelis (including Israeli Arabs), was broadcast on Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program Tuesday. Asked whether the Labor Party ministers who claim that Ariel Sharon is implementing the election platform of Labor Party are correct, 55% answered yes. Whereas only 44% of Likud voters answered in the affirmative, 92% of Labor voters agreed.Sharon ran against Labor candidate Amram Mitzna last election. Mitzna’s central campaign issue was a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, whereas, while Sharon spoke about “painful concessions for peace,” he spoke out strongly against Mitzna’s ideas. The Likud platform reads: “The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”With regard to the creation of a PA state it says: “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river. The Palestinians can run their lives freely in the framework of self-rule, but not as an independent and sovereign state. Thus, for example, in matters of foreign affairs, security, immigration and ecology, their activity shall be limited in accordance with imperatives of Israel's existence, security and national needs.”

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