The World: Governing from Intensive Care

He will never step down voluntarily. He will stay as long as his body will hold. He will run the country from the hospital and he believes that he can get away with it."

So said one of Menachem Begin's Cabinet members last week, after Begin checked into the hospital complaining of exhaustion on Sept. 30. The hospital became, in effect, Israel's seat of government. Begin's three top assistants, along with his secretary, Yona Klimovizky, all moved into makeshift offices set up in the hospital's intensive care unit. Three direct phone lines were installed, including one secure line for long distance calls.


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