ISRAEL: Begin on the Ropes

Besieged from all directions, his regime hangs on with a mere three votes

His government had survived more than 20 no-confidence votes before, but this time Prime Minister Menachem Begin could feel his Likud coalition shaking. Cutting short a visit to the U.S., Begin flew back to Israel and rushed straight to the Knesset, where a seven-hour debate on his economic policies was already under way. As the gallery buzzed with excitement, a roll call of the Knesset kept Begin in power by the slimmest margin yet, 57 to 54. Afterward he tried to...

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