Israel: Election: But No Mandate

With the vote a dead heat, Begin and Peres put the heat on

The countdown began at 9:59 p.m. as the second hand of a clock, superimposed on the television screen and accompanied by tick-tock music, swept its way around the dial, as though a corny game show were taking place. Then, precisely at 10 o'clock, as the polls closed throughout the country, Anchorman Haim Yavin carefully read out on the state-run network the projections he had been handed half an hour earlier, which were compiled from a meticulously conducted poll of voters...

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