Rabbis Shapira and Eliyahu are expected to meet with the heads of the National Union Party later this week. At least one MK, however - Dr. Aryeh Eldad - has already decided that he's out of the government. Eldad announced that he plans to vote with the opposition today, in favor of a motion of no-confidence in the government. The other MKs of the National Union will apparently suffice with absenting themselves from the vote, while the NRP has not yet decided how it will act. At least two Likud Party MKs - Gilad Erdan and Ayoub Kara - are expected not to participate in today's vote, in protest of the proposed unilateral retreat and expulsion.
Minister Natan Sharansky (Likud) expressed strong opposition to Sharon's unilateral retreat plan this morning. "A unilateral move on this scale is not logical," he told Arutz-7. "I simply don't see what we gain, except for encouragement for more terrorism. The area from which we retreat will turn into a center of terrorism against us. International pressure upon us will not decrease, and no one in the world will agree to an Israeli annexation of even one square meter of Judea and Samaria... It is not healthy or correct to advance matters among United States officials before doing so in the government."