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The Un-Peres

Knesset members from the religious parties desert Barak to elect Israel's first Likud president.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/the_unperes_20000804

Inevitably, Katzav, who surprised the nation and the pundits by defeating Shimon Peres 63-57 in a secret ballot of Knesset members, projected himself as a president who can unify a society riven between Easterners and Westerners, religious and secular, rich and poor, veterans and newcomers, Jews and Arabs.

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