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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon attending a Kadima party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Monday (Reuters)
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Kadima platform calls for Jewish majority, territorial concessions
By Mazal Mualem, Haaretz Correspondent

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new Kadima party yesterday released the main points of its national agenda - preserving a Jewish majority in exchange for territorial concessions, keeping Jerusalem and large settlement blocs, and establishing a demilitarized Palestinian state devoid of terror.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who announced these points at the party's second faction meeting in the Knesset, presented the list she had drafted to her 17 MK colleagues.

"The Israeli nation has a national and historic right to the whole of Israel," the draft said. "However, in order to maintain a Jewish majority, we must give up part of the Land of Israel to maintain a Jewish and democratic state."

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The draft also said that the national agenda will be the road map, and that the process to end the conflict and achieve two states for two nations will be carried out in stages: dismantling terror organizations, collecting firearms, implementing security reforms in the Palestinian Authority, and preventing incitement.

The Kadima platform also will propose a change in the government's system. While these changes are taking place, legislative proposals will be made to increase the MKs' commitment to enable the public's bypassing central committees and vote contractors.

Kadima MKs who had quit the Likud said this would bring an end to the tyranny of the Likud Central Committee. One possibility discussed was holding regional elections, which would end partisan wheeling and dealing.

Kadima chairman Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he did not rule out a future coalition partnership with any party or person. He denied reports that Kadima would not form a coalition with Benjamin Netanyahu if the Likud MK wins the party's leadership.

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