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The leaders of Israel’s Center Party met for several hours Sunday to discuss the future of Yitzhak Mordechai’s prime ministerial candidacy. Despite poor poll showings, Mordechai has bristled at rumors that he is planning to pull out of the race. The meeting came after one of the party’s founders, former Tel Aviv Mayor Roni Milo, said in a weekend interview that Mordechai should consider withdrawing from the race if it appears that the move would help Barak win in the first round.

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