Israel: Begin Drops a Bombshell

He says he will resign, and the nation faces turmoil

For months there had been rumors that the 70-year-old man was tired of the burdens of leadership, that he was weary of having to deal with his nation's intransigent problems and irritated by the chore of keeping his fractious Cabinet in line, and, most of all, that he had been devastated and disheartened by the death of his wife Aliza last November. Even so, when the news was announced on Sunday, the nation was stunned: Menachem Begin declared his intention to resign as Prime Minister. As the day went on,...

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