ISRAEL: A Big Bird in a Land of Hawks and Doves

The political aviary of Israel includes hawks and superhawks, doves and superdoves.* It also contains at least one vulture. That is what "peres" literally means in Hebrew, and Defense Minister Shimon Peres, 53, judging by last week's events, is most likely to be Israel's big bird after next month's general election. The adroit, self-confident Peres (see box) easily won the Labor Party's nomination for Premier at a special caucus of the central committee. Yitzhak Rabin, forced to step down after disclosures that his wife had illegally maintained bank accounts in the U.S. (TIME, April 18), was among those...

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