MIDDLE EAST: Uproar over a Walkout

Weizman quits as Defense Minister and precipitates Begin's worst crisis

It was hardly the first political crisis to confront Menachem Begin in three turbulent years in office, but it was unquestionably the most precarious and acrimonious. Jolted by the surprise resignation of Defense Minister Ezer Weizman, the Israeli Prime Minister found himself under unprecedented attack from both the left and right factions of his conservative Likud coalition. His room for maneuver was so restricted he was not even able to reshuffle his Cabinet and replace Weizman for fear of provoking a lethal...

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