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Senat Policy Papers: 1999
Israel’s National Elections Results Report No. 6

Senat #89, November 1999

ABSTRACT

At the close of the 1999 elections, Ehud Barak won a landslide victory (he received 12% more votes than did Netanyahu in the current election). Nonetheless, the outcome of the Knesset elections has not parallel that victory. No party or sectoral representative has been able to translate the results into clear-cut political gains. These results buttress Barak’s position as attempts to form a government. A paradox, however, has evolved: whereas Barak is undoubtedly the nation’s leader, the candidate who received an overwhelming mandate to determine the public agenda and make the crucial decisions before the nation, his majority is useless in the face of a splintered parliament.

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Israel’s Upcoming National Elections Report No. 5

Senat #88, November 1999

ABSTRACT

If all five candidates for prime minister continue to run, no decisive result is expected at the first round of voting despite evidence of Barak’s widening lead during the last two weeks. Eight days before going to the polls (9 May), the electorate remains divided: Ehud Barak: 42%; Benjamin Netanyahu: 37%; Yitzchak Mordechai: 7%; Benny Begin and Azmi Bishara: 6% (jointly); Undecided: 8%.

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Israel’s Upcoming National Elections Report No. 4

Senat #87, May 1999

ABSTRACT

The main political issue being debated is the creation of a Palestinian state. Both factions, right and left, hold fundamentally opposing view on the subject. The Likud “totally rejects the establishment of an Arab Palestinian state on the opposite bank of the Jordan River”; it offers Palestinians “self-government but not an autonomous and independent state”. These adamant objections to a Palestinian state are expressed in the warnings concerning a one-sided declaration of its establishment, an act that would instigate the “nullification of the Oslo Agreements and the Wye Memorandum”, as well as the initiation of “grave and immediate measures”.

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