Israel: Nobody Waved Goodbye

Begin finally bows, and Shamir struggles to build a coalition

As historic moments go, the occasion turned out to be distinctly undramatic, a subdued finish to a tempestuous career. Early last Thursday afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor drove his white Fiat sedan through the steel gates at the official residence of President Chaim Herzog. Waving to a band of reporters and photographers, Meridor trotted up the stairs to the paneled, book-lined office where Herzog was awaiting him. "The Prime Minister asked me to convey to the President of the state his letter...

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