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On May 30, 1996, Israelis say they went to sleep with Shimon Peres, and woke up with Benjamin Netanyahu. It was the morning after the elections to the fourteenth Knesset. The caretaker Prime Minister Peres, in power since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin some six months earlier, went head-to-head with the Likud’s new, young leader, Netanyahu, in the first Israeli election where the electorate voted directly...