Middle East Economic Survey
Political Comment (28 November 2005)
Labour has defected from Israels governing coalition, prompting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to quit his own Likud party and form a new party to contest the general election now scheduled for 28 March. Leaders of Iraqs various ethnic and religious groups have attended a reconciliation conference in Cairo. A confrontation between Syria and the international community looks imminent as the 15 December...