Israel: Odd Couple

Likud and Labor go courting

The turning point came at Ezer Weizman's home last Wednesday morning, when the former Defense Minister told Shimon Peres, leader of the Labor Party, that he would join a Labor-led government. Peres was jubilant. For more than two weeks he had been trying to scrape together a coalition government to succeed that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and his Likud bloc. Starting with the 44 Knesset seats his party had won in July's national elections, Peres also enjoyed the allegiance of two small parties, bringing the total to 50. But he still remained shy of the...

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