ISRAEL: Rabin's Troubled Start

Even as guns fell silent on the Golan Heights, hostile political shelling within Israel threatened to cut short the life of its budding new government. Factional bitterness and personal acrimony over the choice of Premier-designate Yitzhak Rabin's new 19-member coalition Cabinet have clouded prospects for his long-term success. A thin majority of the 120-member Knesset (Parliament) will probably approve Rabin this week as the country's fifth and youngest (52) Premier.* Nonetheless, many observers believe that new elections, perhaps later this year, must come if Rabin is to secure the mandate he needs to provide Israel with effective leadership.

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