Campaigning begins as the barbs fly

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | 
Former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu began his campaign for Likud leadership by calling Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a dictator and a leftist. “It doesn't matter that the dictator smiles or that he has a sense of humor if he leads to a dictatorship, to corruption, and endangers the security of the state,” he said. “Sharon's policies are anti-peace and security and they are not the Likud.” Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom who is running for the same post as Netanyahu criticized his opponent for "extremist" views and said only a centrist could win Israel's March 28 elections. Netanyahu leads the crowded pack, which includes Uzi Landau, Moshe Feiglin, Shaul Mofaz and Yisrael Katz.

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