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When the message went out at 9 A.M. on Monday that Defense Minister Ehud Barak was going to hold a press conference two hours later, the assumption was that he had already made a deal with Tzipi Livni to run on a joint ticket on January 22. At the very least, he would issue a call to the parties of the center-left to unite, offering them his services. A potential resignation would have one purpose and...