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June 21, 2005
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The international organization of the Likud Party issued a legal challenge to Ariel Sharon. World Likud, home to a strong faction that opposes the Israeli prime minister’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, is arguing that Sharon did not follow proper procedure in nominating Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski to head the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization, Ha’aretz reported. In nominating Bielski, Sharon didn’t first consult with World Likud, which Sunday chose former Cabinet minister Natan Sharansky as its candidate. Sharansky and Bielski are scheduled to appear in Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday.

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