Barak's Cagey Resignation

ISRAELI POLITICAL SHOCKER

It was the last political maneuver Ehud Barak had to pull out of his hat. Behind in the polls, facing revolts in the parliament and within his own party, Israel's Prime Minister announced his resignation Saturday night, only 17 months into his term. Israelis will have to choose a new Prime Minister in two months--a vote that will have major repercussions on chances for resurrecting the peace process with the Palestinians.

Barak predicted he would win that special election, earning himself a "new mandate" to push ahead with his plans for a peace deal. Winning won't gain him much, though, because...

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