Barak Calls for Early Elections
(December 6, 2000)
Barak's announcement came as support for his leadership eroded in the Knesset. Sixty-one members are needed to dissolve the Knesset and call for early elections and as many as 78 had expressed the intention of voting to do so. The effort to bring down the government was sponsored by the opposition Likud Party, but gained widespread support from even traditional allies of Barak's Labor Party such as members of the Arab parties.
Source: Jerusalem Post, (November 28, 2000).