ISRAEL: Cabinet Fratricide

One is gruff, introverted, monotoned, a career soldier who holds the nation's top political job. The other is suave, eloquent, literate, an instinctive politician in a key military post. Both men belong to the same generation of Israelis who grew up with the Jewish state's struggle for survival—and yet, even though they are members of the same Cabinet, they are locked in a constant, fratricidal battle. In fact, the rivalry between Premier Yitzhak Rabin, 54, and Defense Minister Shimon Peres, 53, has become so intense that practically every issue in Israel's hothouse...

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