The World: Step by Step with Shimon Peres

With the downfall of Yitzhak Rabin and the emergence of Shimon Peres as leader of the Labor Party, Israeli citizens have been deprived of their favorite blood sport: the ferocious, nonstop struggle for power and prestige between their Premier and their Defense Minister. For the past three years virtually every Israeli domestic, foreign and military policy issue has engaged the two contestants in loud public attacks and counterattacks, which occasionally subside into sotto voce snarling and low-key muttering.

The dispute between the two men has often been more a matter of style than...

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