Olmert gets desperate?

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The Israeli cabinet has approved the addition of an ultra-nationalist party into the governing coalition.
In a vote which correspondents described as a formality, ministers voted 22-1 to include Yisrael Beitenu, led by Avigdor Lieberman.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had agreed to bring the party into the government to strengthen its position ahead of a series of crucial votes.

On Sunday, Labour backed the plan, but it could still cause deep division.

Correspondents say that despite the Labour Party - the largest party in the governing coalition - voting to support the inclusion of Yisrael Beitenu, the decision could lead to the resignation of some Labour ministers and members of parliament.

One minister, the Labour Party's culture minister Ophir Pines-Paz, dissented.

He has argued that the going into coalition with Yisrael Beitenu would be "violation" of his party's commitment to its electorate because of some of Mr Lieberman's views.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6098310.stm

More on Avigdor Lieberman here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisrael_Beytenu
 

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