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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Likud Talks Collapse

JERUSALEM -- Coalition talks between Ehud Barak and the hard-line Likud party broke down Monday, signaling a dovish path for the government Barak must set up by next week.

Barak ousted the Likud in May 17 elections and pledged to revive stalled peace talks with Israel's Arab neighbors, at the same time describing the Likud, the second-largest party, as his natural partner in government. He said the Likud's imprimatur on any peace agreement would lend it weight.

That ended Monday when talks broke down amid mutual recriminations. Former Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon's party walked out of negotiations after Barak refused to compromise on peace issues.