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On the day it was held, the 1999 election was perceived as the dawn of a new day. Ehud Barak's sweeping victory was seen as a win not for him personally, but for certain values. After three bad years in which Israel was ruled by Benjamin Netanyahu, Aryeh Deri and Rabbi Yitzhak Kaddouri, enlightened Israel had come back big-time. The old Israel had regained its hope.