Israel: Unhatched Egg

Shamir gets off to a shaky start

It was not an auspicious beginning. No sooner had Yitzhak Shamir been sworn in as Israel's seventh Prime Minister than his new government was engulfed in an economic crisis. Four days later, Finance Minister Yoram Aridor, a holdover from outgoing Prime Minister Menachem Begin's Cabinet, became the government's first casualty. With the opposition Labor Party calling for a vote of no confidence, there were serious doubts as to how long Shamir's fragile majority would hold together.

The coalition had not been easy to forge. Although the...

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