How can we stay together?
Likud â€˜rebelsâ€™ resign from Finance Committee, pave way for budget to pass, disengagement referendum to go to Knesset vote; Rivlin: Likud 'already two parties'
By Ilan Marciano and Attila Somfalvi
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that the current crises facing the Likud Party could spell the end of the party.
â€œItâ€™s not entirely clear to me just how we can all run on a single ticket in the next elections,â€ said Sharon. â€œI support disengagement, they oppose it.â€
The frank admission was echoed by senior Likud Knesset members, including Education Minister Limor Livnat, Transportation Minister Meir Sheetrit, and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.
Rivlin criticized the rebel group, saying they should not be permitted to â€œshoot the Likud in the headâ€. But he also acknowledged the split has already occurred. â€œIn essence, we are already two parties,â€ he said.