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ALL ALONE: Ariel Sharon couldn't get a coalition deal to work

ISRAEL
The Bickering Begins
Ariel Sharon called an early general election for January after failing to secure a narrow, right-wing coalition. But the real contest for Prime Minister has already begun. Benjamin Netanyahu, Sharon's old nemesis and new Foreign Minister, wasted no time throwing his hat in, saying he wanted the top job because "the country is in dire straits and we have to get it out." His unsubtle implication: Sharon botched it. The two men publicly disagreed on the U.S.-authored "road map" to Israeli-Palestinian peace, which involves an immediate handover of cash owed the Palestinian authority and,...

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