We Spent Too Much

At lunch with the editors of TIME last week, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres talked about his country's problems and the policies of his month-old government. Excerpts:

On Lebanon. We want to leave; we never intended to remain there. The problem is to know whether it is possible for the United Nations to enlarge its present force in southern Lebanon in the wake of our withdrawal. And we must discuss with the Lebanese government the necessary measures to secure the safety of the northern part of Israel.

We would expect the Syrians to agree that, following our withdrawal, they will not extend their...

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