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Likud Heads Right, Labor Goes Center

As parties choose Knesset lists, results may affect next government.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/likud_heads_right_labor_goes_center_20021213

The Likud Party's list of Knesset candidates, chosen in a party primary this week, left Ariel Sharon's campaign strategists scratching their heads. With national elections approaching on Jan. 28, they had meticulously laid out a centrist strategy in which the prime minister directs moderate peace messages at the large reservoir of floating voters between Labor and Likud, who take a tough line on security but believe in the possibility of a negotiated peace agreement with the Palestinians one day. It is in the battle for the centrists that Israeli elections are won and lost, experts say.

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