Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has invited the opposition Labor Party into his shaky coalition government as part of efforts to win parliamentary approval of a plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
Mr. Sharon discussed the proposed coalition with opposition leader Shimon Peres today (Monday) in Jerusalem.
The Israeli prime minister also warned rebellious members of his Likud Party that he could call early elections if they try to block the formation of a unity government.
The Labor party will meet Tuesday to decide whether to accept the invitation and open discussions on cabinet portfolios.
Mr. Sharon's plan calls for dismantling all Jewish settlements in Gaza and four in the West Bank by the end of next year.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.