Israel: Saved by the Moral Minority

Helped by the tiny religious parties, Begin forms a government

We did it," boasted Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin as he lifted a glass of wine in celebration. What he had finally accomplished, after three weeks of effort, was the completion of a new coalition government, composed of 48 members of his Likud bloc and 13 members of three small religious parties. The new government thus had a bare majority of 61 in Israel's 120-member parliament. Begin naturally tried to put the best possible face on his government's prospects, claiming that the precariousness...

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