Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (C), Foreign Minister David Levy (L) and Education Minister Yossi Sarid (R) attend a Knesset session in Jerusalem 13 December 1999. In an opening speech, Barak gave an announcement regarding the opening of the first peace talks with Syria in nearly four years this week in Washington. It is the first public test of his peace policy with Syria at a parliamentary debate. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE)        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)