Israel: Futile Exercise in Survival

As Begin's coalition crumbles, Peres gets ready for an early election

"He is like a composer who does not know how to end his symphony," observed a political commentator in Jerusalem. Those were perhaps the kindest words to be heard last week about Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who seemed increasingly like a leader who neither was, nor sought to be, in control of political events in his country. Gone were the pugnacious stance and spirited oratory with which Begin once stirred his followers to action. All that remained was an almost irrational obsession...

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