ISRAEL: Before the Fall

Begin's support is fading

"There is a negative dynamic affecting the government. You can maneuver here and there, but in a democracy, when you lose the confidence of a majority of the people, eventually you have to call elections."

So said one close associate of Prime Minister Menachem Begin last week, implicitly conceding what most Israelis now expect: Begin's shaky coalition government will probably not survive until the next scheduled elections in October 1981. Indeed, there is a remote chance that the end could come as early as this week. The Knesset is scheduled to debate a motion, supported by the opposition...

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