The World: Peres: On the West Bank

Israel's hawkish Defense Minister, Shimon Peres, 53, is responsible both for his country's security and for administering the occupied territories—with their population of more than 1 million Arabs—captured from Egypt, Jordan and Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War. The most troublesome of these areas has been the West Bank of the Jordan River, the home of 650,000 Palestinians and the scene of numerous riots during the past four months. The West Bank was calm last week, and Peres told TIME'S Jerusalem bureau chief Donald Neff and Correspondent David Halevy that he expects the quiet to last. Excerpts from their interview:


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