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Israel PM's party unhappy over right-wing alliance

JERUSALEM -- An alliance between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Avigdor Lieberman's ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu has angered many within the premier's party, commentators said on Sunday.

Late last week, Netanyahu and his foreign minister said their two parties would run on a joint list in the January general elections. But the move has sparked widespread dissent within Likud with many fearing it would hurt the party, Sunday's newspapers reported.

Figures from a survey of Likud voters released at the weekend by Israel's Channel 10 television showed 26 percent were against the move, 58 percent in favor.

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