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Israeli Labour Party Joins with Likud

March 26, 2009

A divided Israeli Labour Party agreed to join the rightist coalition of Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, allowing Ehud Barak to stay on as Defense Minister.

Journalist Dion Nissenbaum says Barak's decision to join the coalition split the historic Labour Party – once the dominant party in Israel – in angry disagreement.

(The story summary continues below.)

"There was a lot of talk today in the Israeli newspapers about this being the death of the Labour Party,” Nissenbaum said. “There were a lot of people who thought that if they went into the opposition, that it would have been the death of Labour anyway because they only have 13 seats."

Speaking on the strong disagreements between Labour and Likud in regarding to the peace process, Nissenbaum said, "I would say that people are pretty pessimistic about an Israeli-Palestinian deal happening no matter who is in power on either side." is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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