Israel: The Tempest

For six years, Israel has been buffeted by the contrary winds of something called the "Lavon Affair." Last week because of the mysterious Lavon Affair, Israel entered its second month with only a caretaker government.

Behind the crises, as usual, is Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, 74, relentlessly determined that the Lavon Affair be settled in his way or not at all. Because of rigid government censorship, nobody ever knew exactly what the Lavon Affair was all about. All that was known surely was that slender, intense Pinhas Lavon, 56, was forced from his office as Defense Minister in 1955...

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