Chairman: Ehud Olmert
Photo: Yaron Brenner
- Party supports establishment of "another nation state whose formation resolves the refugee problem, as long as it is not a terror state." Party also pledges to keep large settlement blocs and maintain united Jerusalem
- Party is committed to Road Map peace plan and to phased diplomatic solution involving dismantlement of terror groups, PA security forces reform, and Palestinian pledge to prevent incitement
- Boosting Israel's Jewish character, bridging gap between secular and religious, nurturing country's
- Investment in socioeconomic infrastructure. Boosting Negev and Galilee. War on poverty and crime
- Party calls for immediate action to change the system of government, pledges to submit bills that will boost Knesset members' obligation to the public, without the intermediation of parties' central committees.
After dozens of years in Likud and after completion the Gaza and northern West Bank disengagement plan despite the objection of many Likud members, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced in November 2005 he was quitting the party and setting up a new one, along with ministers and Knesset members from Likud and Labor. Following the move, the Knesset was dissolved and new elections were called.
PM Sharon suffered a massive stroke in the beginning of January 2006 and has been in a coma ever since. Ehud Olmert replaced him as leader of the party.