Knesset committee formally approves PM's party

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new National Responsibility party was formally approved by the Knesset's House Committee on Wednesday. Committee members from the Likud opposed the approval, claiming the party's name did not match its content, according to Israel Radio. However, a legal opinion stated they had no authority to postpone the formation of the party. National Religious Party (NRP) Chairman Zevulun Orlev also stated his intention Tuesday of requesting the registrar reject the prime minister's party name on the basis of the similarity of the acronym abbreviation of the two parties in English.