MIDDLE EAST: Springing Some More Surprises

The Begin puzzle

In the two months that he has been Israel's Premier, Menachem Begin has proved to be something of a puzzle to the Carter Administration—and to the Arabs as well. His Likud coalition barely squeaked into power in an upset election, and Begin, a mild-mannered former underground leader who looks all of his 64 years, scarcely seemed like a man of destiny. Yet today Begin is riding a high wave of popularity in Israel. During his Washington visit last month, Begin affably insisted that "everything" was negotiable in the Middle East. Then, as soon as he got back to...

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