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CNN Evening News for Monday, May 17, 1999
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Wolf Blitzer) The defeat of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Labor Party challenger Ehud Barak featured. [BARAK - comments.] [NETANYAHU - (thru translator) says he will take time out from politics and resign from the Likud leadership.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Jerrold Kessel) The reasons why Israeli voters turned against Netanyahu examined; details given of how divisive was Netanyahu's leadership and how Barak will create a majority coalition.

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Richard Blystone) The reaction in Israel to the election's outcome featured; scenes shown from Tel Aviv of a gathering of Barak's supporters. [Knesset member Ofir PAZ - says the people feel free after Netanyahu's years of leadership.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Barak's background reviewed; details given of his rise through the army's ranks and his political positions. [In interview, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb ERAKAT - hopes that Barak will move swiftly for peace negotiations and to re-create a level of trust; says the Palestinians want to make peace with all Israelis; suggests Barak immediately stop all settlement activities and get the peace process back on track.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The reaction of President Clinton's administration to the Israeli elections examined; details given of the president's hopes that the Middle East peace process can get back on track.

Blitzer, Wolf;
Blystone, Richard;
Kessel, Jerrold;
King, John;
Woodruff, Judy

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