Likud spurns Ramon's call to Netanyahu

Vice premier says Netanyahu could be part of the effort to make diplomatic progress.

September 21, 2007 11:36
Likud spurns Ramon's call to Netanyahu

haim ramon thinks 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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There is no chance of the Likud joining a government that promotes an agenda of the radical left, a senior Likud source told Army Radio Friday morning. The source, who was referring to Vice Premier Haim Ramon's proposal to place certain neighborhoods in east Jerusalem under the control of the Palestinian Authority, spoke in response to Ramon's call for Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu to join the government. "There is room to discuss Bibi joining," Ramon said in an interview to Army Radio. "The delusion that the Olmert government is nearing its end is over. Netanyahu could definitely be a part of the effort to make diplomatic progress and overcome difficulties," he said. Ramon also said that the criticism over Netanyahu's statements on an alleged IAF raid in Syria was overblown. According to Ramon, Netanyahu's referral to the strike - which Israel has refused to confirm or deny - in an interview to Mabat "didn't do any damage." "That he rushed to say it [could be] regrettable," Ramon said, "It would have been better if [he] hadn't, but the reaction was extreme."

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