The World: Peres: A Test of Nerves

He should have been baggy-eyed and rumpled at the end of the most hectic week of his life. But Shimon Peres, as usual, was relaxed and well-groomed as he sipped Turkish coffee in his Defense Ministry office while discussing Israel's latest political crisis with TIME Jerusalem Bureau Chief Donald Neff and Correspondent David Halevy. The only clue that the pressure had taken its toll: Peres, 53, whose memory is notably accurate, from time to time peeked at a small pocket diary to check on his recollections of what he called "in political terms, a...

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