Essay: Isreal: How Much Past Is Enough?

The ingenuity of President Reagan's Middle East peace plan, as several observers have noted, is that it seeks to make a distinction (a chasm, more likely) between Prime Minister Begin and his annexation policies on the one hand, and the enduring safety of Israel on the other. But the Prime Minister and the issue of Israel's safety are not so easily separated. Begin gained much of his power by appealing to his people's fear of national annihilation, a fear that is genuine in him, and not a political expedient. Indeed, the reason its expression...

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