The World: Israel's Peres: Of Stones and Bombs

Whoever holds the Defense portfolio in Israel's Cabinet must plan the defensive and offensive postures of a state with perhaps the most insecure borders in the world. In support of that awesome mandate, he must also make periodic shopping trips to Washington to buy the American weapons that account for most of Israel's military strength. Last week Moshe Dayan's successor as Defense Minister, Shimon Peres, 51, made his first shopping trip to Washington.

Dynamic and eloquent, Peres seems well suited for the job. In the last Cabinet of Premier Golda Meir, he served as Transport Minister. Before that, Peres had been director...