The World: New Premier of a Struggling People

Jacketless and wearing an open-necked blue shirt, Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin last week discussed his country's problems with TIME Correspondents William Marmon and Marlin Levin in his spare, well-organized office in Tel Aviv. During the 90-minute interview, Rabin spoke slowly and methodically while chain-smoking from two different packs of local cigarettes.

Q. What are the most serious threats to Israel?

A. The kings, sheiks and sultans of the oil countries are helping to bring about the fall of Europe. The U.S. also might be influenced by the European desire to appease the oil producers. I see a period in which the free world...

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