Israel: What Price for Unity?

Labor Party Leader Shimon Peres was a man of two minds last week, after President Chaim Herzog charged him with the task of forming a new government. Peres had to decide whether to join forces with outgoing Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader of the Likud bloc, in a broad, bipartisan coalition, or try to build a narrower alliance of his own by enticing some of the 13 smaller parties. He conferred twice with leaders of the National Religious Party in an effort to pick up enough seats for a Laborled majority; he also met twice with Shamir for talks...

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