No. 49

4December 2000

The Political Scene

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has abandoned the pursuit of a national unity government in favor of early elections and, according to Israeli observers, is pinning his hopes on reaching an agreement with the Palestinians before the elections are held. Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri appeared to have surprised the Syrians as much as anyone by announcing that a redeployment of Syrian forces in Lebanon is imminent. In Iran, President...