ISRAEL: The Perils of Rabin

"In Israel, we have 3 million citizens who think they are all Prime Ministers. The difference between them and me is that everyone of them thinks he knows more than I."

That line drew laughs everywhere in the U.S. during Premier Yitzhak Rabin's recent eleven-day visit. Back home, though, it doesn't play. More and more Israelis—particularly the Premier's political rivals—are indeed convinced that they can run the country better than Rabin. A year ago, thanks largely to his tough negotiating stance during Henry Kissinger's first, abortive Sinai shuttle, Rabin's popularity in Israeli polls reached 91%. Last week it was 37%,...

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