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Part III Israel early elections

A. The political situation in Israel

Former Prime Minister:

Mr. Benjamin Netaanyaahu

Mr. Barak winning a victory over Netanyahu in 1999

Ariel Sharon's visit to a holy place in Jerusalem, resulting in violence in the West Bank and Gaza

Mr. Barak losing support for his failure

a. to end the violence in the West Bank and Gaza, and

b. to reach a final peace agreement with the Palestinians

Mr. Barak's announcement

to call early elections in April or May

Possible candidates for Prime Minister:

a. Ehud Barak: leader of the Labor Party

b. Ariel Sharon: leader of the Likud Party

c. Benjamin Netanyahu: a Likud Party member

B. Now Listen to the news report again and answer the following questions with key words.

1. How many people died in the violence in the West Bank and Gaza?

about 300 people

2. When did Israel occupy the West Bank and Gaza?

in 1967

3. What proposals did Mr. Barak offer to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat? Did Yasser Arafat accept them? Palestinian rule/over 90%/the West Bank and Gaza/rejected

4. Why did Ariel Sharon visit Jerusalem?

show Israeli control/Holy City

5. What do the Palestinians want?

a permanent agreement Palestine/east Jerusalem/capital

Tapescript:

Israel has begun to prepare for early elections expected in April or May. Prime Minister Ehud Barak agreed to call early elections in a surprise announcement this week. Parliament had threatened to dismiss his government and force new elections.

Mr. Barak has lost support for failing to end the violence in the West Bank and Gaza. About 300 people have died so far, mostly Palestinians. Israel took control of those areas in the 1967 war. Palestinian protesters demand an end to Israeli occupation.

Mr. Barak is also blamed for failing to reach a final peace agreement in talks near Washington in July. Mr. Barak offered Palestinian rule over 90 percent of the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat rejected his proposals.

Mr. Barak is a former general who campaigned for office on promises to work for peace. He heads the Labor Party. Israelis elected him to a four-year term in May of 1999. Mr. Barak won a huge victory over former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr. Netanyahu withdrew from politics after his defeat. But observers say he is preparing for a return. In fact, they say he could defeat Ariel Sharon, the leader of the opposition Likud Party, as that party's candidate for Prime Minister.

Many people blame Ariel Sharon for the current situation in the Palestinian territories. The violence began in September, after he visited a holy place in Jerusalem sacred to both Muslims and Jews. With him were hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police. He said he wanted to show Israeli control over the Holy City,

For the past several weeks, Prime Minister Barak had been seeking an emergency coalition with Likud in an effort to end the violence. But he refused to give Mr. Sharon the power to veto peace efforts. Ariel Sharon is strongly disliked among Arabs for his part in Israel's invasion of southern Lebanon.

Mr. Barak will remain Prime Minister until the elections. Experts say in order for him to win a second term, he must reduce the violence in the West Bank and Gaza. They say he also needs a major peace deal with the Palestinians.

The Palestinians say they want a permanent agreement, one that would create an independent Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.
Part III Israel early elections A. The political situation in Israel Former Prime Minister: Mr. Benjamin Netaanyaahu Mr. Barak winning a victory over Netanyahu in 1999 Ariel Sharon's visit to a holy place in Jerusalem, resulting in violence in the West Bank and Gaza Mr. Barak losing support for his failure a. to end the violence in the West Bank and Gaza, and b. to reach a final peace agreement with the Palestinians Mr. Barak's announcement to call early elections in April or May Possible candidates for Prime Minister: a. Ehud Barak: leader of the Labor Party b. Ariel Sharon: leader of the Likud Party c. Benjamin Netanyahu: a Likud Party member B. Now Listen to the news report again and answer the following questions with key words. 1. How many people died in the violence in the West Bank and Gaza? about 300 people 2. When did Israel occupy the West Bank and Gaza? in 1967 3. What proposals did Mr. Barak offer to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat? Did Yasser Arafat accept them? Palestinian rule/over 90%/the West Bank and Gaza/rejected 4. Why did Ariel Sharon visit Jerusalem? show Israeli control/Holy City 5. What do the Palestinians want? a permanent agreement Palestine/east Jerusalem/capital Tapescript: Israel has begun to prepare for early elections expected in April or May. Prime Minister Ehud Barak agreed to call early elections in a surprise announcement this week. Parliament had threatened to dismiss his government and force new elections. Mr. Barak has lost support for failing to end the violence in the West Bank and Gaza. About 300 people have died so far, mostly Palestinians. Israel took control of those areas in the 1967 war. Palestinian protesters demand an end to Israeli occupation. Mr. Barak is also blamed for failing to reach a final peace agreement in talks near Washington in July. Mr. Barak offered Palestinian rule over 90 percent of the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat rejected his proposals. Mr. Barak is a former general who campaigned for office on promises to work for peace. He heads the Labor Party. Israelis elected him to a four-year term in May of 1999. Mr. Barak won a huge victory over former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Netanyahu withdrew from politics after his defeat. But observers say he is preparing for a return. In fact, they say he could defeat Ariel Sharon, the leader of the opposition Likud Party, as that party's candidate for Prime Minister. Many people blame Ariel Sharon for the current situation in the Palestinian territories. The violence began in September, after he visited a holy place in Jerusalem sacred to both Muslims and Jews. With him were hundreds of Israeli soldiers and police. He said he wanted to show Israeli control over the Holy City, For the past several weeks, Prime Minister Barak had been seeking an emergency coalition with Likud in an effort to end the violence. But he refused to give Mr. Sharon the power to veto peace efforts. Ariel Sharon is strongly disliked among Arabs for his part in Israel's invasion of southern Lebanon. Mr. Barak will remain Prime Minister until the elections. Experts say in order for him to win a second term, he must reduce the violence in the West Bank and Gaza. They say he also needs a major peace deal with the Palestinians. The Palestinians say they want a permanent agreement, one that would create an independent Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.
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