Sami Issa denies reports that he would join Kadima

Head of Kafr Kasim regional council Sami Issa denied on Wednesday claims that he would join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Kadima party. Issa called the reports "lies," and stated that he never left the Isalmic movement, and did not violate its decisions. He did not participate in Tuesday night's meeting between Sharon and various council heads, according to Israel Radio. Earlier this week it was reported that Sharon approached various Arab leaders in an attempt to enlist them in his party. At that time Issa told The Jerusalem Post that he had not yet made his decision.