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February 4, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tuvia Metzer is the classic pro-peace Israeli leftist. Voting for the hard-line right wing is positively unthinkable for him. Yet when he deposits a ballot in Tuesday's election for incumbent Prime Minister Ehud Barak, it will be only after weeks of agonizing inner debate. "I will hold my heart and put 'Barak,' " Metzer says. Two days before Israel's national election, many of Barak's core supporters are facing the same dilemma.
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February 1, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 40 years, Ghazi Samara has been a Labor Party loyalist. But with just days to go before his country elects a new leader, the Arab citizen of Israel is agonizing: Should he vote for caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the party's candidate, or cast a blank protest ballot? "My father, he sold his cow once to buy votes around here for the Labor Party," said the 58-year-old Samara. "We were slaves for Labor.
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January 29, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The once-promising era of Middle East peacemaking under the auspices of Ehud Barak's current government came to a formal end Sunday night when Israel's caretaker prime minister suspended diplomatic contacts with the Palestinians. Barak halted contacts until after next week's election in Israel--a vote that all polls suggest Barak will lose to right-wing hawk Ariel Sharon.
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January 28, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Abandoned by supporters and crippled by opponents, caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak is waging a longshot battle for reelection, with virtually his only hope being that he can scare Israelis into voting for him. Barak, who swept decisively into office 20 months ago, today lags so far behind in polls that most Israelis believe the gap cannot be closed ahead of the Feb. 6 election. But he soldiers on, with the stubborn determination that has characterized his leadership and angered his allies.
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January 25, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to overcome what he called the "demonization" of his hard-line record, Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon told a U.S. audience Wednesday that he wants President Bush to participate in the Middle East peace process--as long as he doesn't pressure Israel to make concessions. The hawkish Sharon, who enjoys an overwhelming lead in opinion polls over caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak in advance of Israel's Feb.
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January 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Israel, which suspended peace talks with the Palestinians after two Israelis were killed in the West Bank, has decided to resume the marathon negotiations this afternoon. The talks in the Egyptian resort of Taba will resume after the funeral today of the two Israelis, who are to be laid to rest in Haifa, according to a government statement released late Wednesday. The statement said talks will "continue for a few days" as Israel's Feb. 6 prime ministerial election approaches.
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January 25, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When nearly a quarter of a million Jews from Israel and around the world rallied here earlier this month, they hoped to demonstrate unified opposition to the notion that Israel might share sovereignty over this holy city with the Palestinians. Instead, the rally unleashed a storm of controversy over how much say Jews living outside Israel should have in Jerusalem's fate and how they should express their views.
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January 23, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he coasts to what would seem to be certain victory in an upcoming election, Ariel Sharon's strategy has been to avoid mistakes. On Monday, however, the right-wing opposition leader found himself on the defensive. Sharon was dogged throughout the day by published comments in which he branded Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat a liar and a murderer.
NEWS
January 19, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ariel Sharon will offer no additional land to the Palestinians and will insist on maintaining all Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if he is elected prime minister of Israel, according to a published report of his plans Thursday. The details of front-runner Sharon's plans, revealed for the first time, were immediately attacked by his rival in the Feb. 6 Israeli election, caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Palestinian officials decried them as a "recipe for war."
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January 13, 2001 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a success his opponents find infuriating, former Gen. Ariel Sharon, a hawk whom the world has long associated with Israel's wars, is selling himself to voters as a pragmatic statesman who will succeed where Prime Minister Ehud Barak has failed: as a peacemaker. Sharon has managed to shed the image of a loose cannon that has dogged him since he planned and executed Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
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