Elder statesman and former Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres is poised to support or join Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in his new party, Kadima (Forward), in exchange for a position as “special ambassador for peace affairs,” Israeli media is reporting. Should Sharon win re-election, such an appointment would place Peres at the center of all regional and international contacts toward diplomatic progress toward peace with the Arabs, according to a news report. If Peres accepts the deal, he would not run for the next Knesset, ending a record-long tenure in the parliament going back to 1959. “The decision is a tough one for me," Peres said. "There are many things that I am considering, historical and otherwise. It will take another day or two before I decide. It's very personal for me."
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