World: Begin: Beyond the Pale

TIME'S Jerusalem bureau chief Donald Neff assesses Menachem Begin on the first anniversary of his premiership:

It was just a year ago that the former guerrilla leader and ultranationalist Menachem Begin came to power — and all the worst fears, and more, of his critics have since come to pass. More than any other man, Begin has set back the chances for peace in the Middle East. He has proved inflexible, myopic, hard-lining and probably deceptive, especially in his dealings with Washington.

Under Begin, the slow erosion of relations between Washington and Jerusalem that...

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