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A Rare Knesset Phenomenon

A rare phenomenon occurred in the Knesset this week. A member vacated his seat voluntarily after only two years in office.

Mordecai Bar-On, who held one of the three Knesset seats of the Citizens Rights Movement (CRM), said he was leaving office in order to work on his doctoral thesis on the 1956 Sinai campaign. Bar-On is a former Israel Defense Force colonel.

He said that since he did not intend to run for the Knesset in the next elections, it was only fair to hand his seat over to the next in line on the CRM list. His replacement is Dedi Zucker, 38, a former leader of the Peace Now movement.