Israel: Unity at Last

A Labor-Likud agreement

As Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres and outgoing Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir emerged from a private meeting last Wednesday morning, reporters asked them the crucial question: After almost five weeks of negotiation, had Labor and the ruling Likud bloc agreed to form a government of national unity? Replied Shamir: "Almost."

That was good news for the Israeli public, which had been waiting for weeks for something to happen. Ever since the July elections, in which Labor won 44 seats and Likud 41, Peres had been trying to put together a...

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