Chronology: Isael

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2001

Feb. 1: The Tel Aviv daily Ma'ariv reported that the Israeli Defense Ministry had completed construction of a security fence to be placed along the border with Lebanon. [1/2 FBIS]

As the deadline passed for political parties to declare their candidates, Prime Minister Barak remained the Labor Party candidate for the 6 February elections for Prime Minister. [2/2 NYT, FT, WP]

Feb. 6: Israelis voted in prime ministerial elections. With 99% of the votes counted, 72-year-old Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon was elected with 62.5% of the votes. Prime Minister Barak was second with 37.4%. [2/7 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP, 2/16 MEED]

Feb. 9: Israeli Prime Minister-elect Sharon asked outgoing Prime Minister Barak and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres to join him in a "national unity" government as Defense Minister and Foreign Minister, respectively. [2/10 NYT, FT, WP]

Feb. 15: Outgoing Prime Minister Barak conditionally agreed to join Prime Minister-elect Sharon's cabinet as Defense Minister. [2/16 NYT, FT, WSJ, WPI

Feb. 19: In the Negev Desert, US and Israeli forces conducted joint exercises to test Patriot air defense missiles. [2/20 WP]

Feb. 20: In the face of opposition from fellow Labor Party members, outgoing Prime Minister Barak withdrew his decision to join the "national unity" government. [2/21 WSJ]

Feb. 26: The Labor Party voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the "national unity" government of Prime Minister-elect Sharon. [2/27 NYT, FT, WSJ, WP, 3/9 MEED]

Mar. 2: The Labor Party chose Binyamin BenEliezer for the post of Defense Minister in the new government. …