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Sharon Holds Lead on Eve of Israeli Primary Election

Israel's Likud party holds a primary election Thursday. Opinion polls place Prime Minister Ariel Sharon well ahead of his rival, current foreign minister and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The winner of Thursday's primary is favored to win Israel's general election in January. More from NPR's Linda Gradstein.

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Linda Gradstein
Linda Gradstein has been the Israel correspondent for NPR since 1990. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Gulf War. Linda spent 1998-9 as a Knight Journalist Fellow at Stanford University.