Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Israel

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Nov. 10: Trade union leader Amir Peretz was elected head of the Labor Party, ousting veteran Shimon Peres. Peres, Vice-Prime Minister in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's coalition, initially complained of voting irregularities, but a Labor committee said the vote would stand. Peretz, an immigrant from Morocco known for his populist views, said he wanted to steer the party back to its socialist roots, pull out of the coalition, and force elections for the presidency as early as March 2006. [BBC, 11/10]

Nov. 11: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) developed a new procedure for arresting suspects in the Occupied Territories to replace the human shield policy, banned by the High Court of Justice in October. Under the new procedure, no Palestinian civilian could be asked to enter a building where wanted men are thought to be barricaded to convince them to give themselves up, even if the civilian consents. [Haaretz, 11/11] Nov. 20: The Labor Party voted to leave Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's ruling coalition, paving the way for an early national election. [Haaretz, 11/20]

Nov. 21: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his departure from the Likud Party to form his own centrist political party. Sharon also called on Israeli President Moshe Katsav to move up the election timetable from November to March 2006. …

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