ISRAEL: Begin's Surprise Maneuver

Two more political bombshells dropped on Israel last week, leaving citizens of the Jewish state as perplexed as they have ever been about the future of their tiny, troubled nation.

Bombshell No. 1—which happily turned out to be a dud—was the announcement that Menachem Begin, hawkish leader of the victorious right-wing Likud coalition in the election a fortnight ago, had been rushed to a Tel Aviv hospital complaining of chest pains. That raised doubts about whether Begin, 63, who had suffered a serious heart attack only two months ago, was well enough to...

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