Heir to a Troublesome Legacy

As Begin's likely successor, Shamir faces formidable problems

The wall behind the stage in the Tel Aviv theater was decorated with huge Israeli flags, framing pictures of two Zionist heroes, Vladimir Jabotinsky and Theodor Herzl. Oddly, there was no photograph of Menachem Begin. Nor was the Prime Minister present as 950 members of the Herut Party gathered last week to elect his successor in a boisterous, eight-hour-long session. If the attention of an anxious nation had been riveted on Begin while he debated whether to resign, Israelis seemed determined, once that decision was made,...

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