Israel: Job Offer

Shamir gets the nod

The phone call from President Chaim Herzog came at precisely 8:45 a.m. last Wednesday. Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir was alone in his office in Jerusalem. Would he be free to stop over at noon? asked Herzog. Certainly, responded Shamir. To an aide who joined him a few minutes later, Shamir remarked happily, "Every few years my career takes a turn, and it's always up."

The phone call meant that Shamir, 67, would almost certainly succeed Menachem Begin, who announced on Aug. 28 that he planned to resign as Prime...

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