Man Of The Year: Begin: Partner for Peace

It is one of the ironies of the Middle East that Menachem Begin, 64, should emerge as Sadat's partner in the new quest for peace. Few would have dared predict this role for Begin last spring, when he became Israel's seventh Premier after his unexpected victory in a national election. His long-established image as an intransigent, superhawkish ultra-Zionist sent waves of concern, and even fear, throughout much of the world. The Arab press, led by Cairo, bitterly denounced him as a dangerous annexationist dreaming of a Greater Israel. Even Jimmy Carter hinted that...

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