Israel: December 9, 2000


Israeli prime minister Barak has resigned. He did this to prevent his most popular potential opponent, former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, from running. By resigning, Barak triggers an Israeli law which allows only members of the legislature to run for prime minister. This gives Barak a better chance of getting re-elected, as his most likely opponent would be Ariel Sharon (who's visit to the Temple Mount set off the current unrest.) The death toll so far is over 320.




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