GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East


Formed in 1973 when the Free Center, Laam, and Gahal parties merged. The Likud has become one of Israelís major conservative parties. Leaders of the Likud party have included Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Binyamin Netanyahu, all former prime ministers. Likudís platform includes a peace treaty based on "peace for peace," maintaining the status quo in religion/state issues and reforms in public health, education, and welfare.

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