ISRAEL: The Sad Downfall of Yitzhak Rabin

In the cities and towns of Israel last week, the people had reason to rejoice. It was Passover week, when families celebrate the flight from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The populace also had a grand secular occasion to celebrate: the upset victory (78 to 77) of a Tel Aviv basketball team over Italy in the European championship at Belgrade.

Once the game was finished, however, those who stayed tuned to Israeli radio and TV heard a shocking message. Premier Yitzhak Rabin, 55, had waited for game's end to take to the...

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