ISRAEL: Mrs. Meir's House Divided

"It hasn't been such a good evening," said Prime Minister Golda Meir ruefully, as she arrived for a meeting with Israel's President Ephraim Katzir — beating the legal deadline for forming a new government by only 45 minutes. Mrs. Meir's remark was something of an understatement. Despite almost two months of intense negotiations, she had been unable to form a broad-based coalition and was forced to announce the first minority government in Israel's history. Her Labor Party, which won 51 seats in the election last December, along with two allied splinter groups...

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