Middle East: The Spotlight Shifts to Begin

He testifies about the massacre, and cuts short a U.S. trip

He had walked from his car, a black cane in his right hand, into the second-floor lecture hall on the campus of Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Taking his seat opposite the table where the panel would sit, he smiled, then rose respectfully when the three members of the commission entered the room. "My name is Begin, Menachem. My position, Prime Minister," he began. It was the first time an Israeli Prime Minister had ever appeared in public session before an official commission of inquiry, and the outcome could well have...

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