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Israeli Polls Show Support for Sharon's New Party


New opinion polls indicate Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new party will win a large number of seats in March's parliamentary elections.

The polls were published Friday in the Ma'ariv and Yedioth Ahronoth newspapers. They say the new party would win at least 33 seats in the 120-member parliament. The polls gave the Labor party at least 26 seats and Mr. Sharon's former party, Likud, just 13.

Mr. Sharon quit Likud - the party he co-founded in 1973 - because he said the party was no longer able to lead Israel to its national goals.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.