Report: Likud rebels, central comm. to unify party

Members of both the Likud rebels and the party's central committee were allegedly pushing a new proposal Monday intended to unify the party, according to a report from Israel Radio. According to the reported plan, MKs Uzi Landau and Binyamin Netanyahu would not vie for party leadership in exchange for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's promise to seek approval for all policy decisions from either the Likud or via national referendum. Sources close to Netanyahu said they were unaware of such an initiative and that the former finance minister plans to compete for the party's leadership.