A Move to The Right

The election was a dead heat, but Likud is poised to get its way

"It was a struggle between the fools and the impotents in this campaign. The fools have won."

-- Labor Party campaign manager Ezer Weizman

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres sat expressionless in his hotel suite in Tel Aviv on election night as an aide handed him the first predictions. The figures showed Peres' left-of-center Labor Party virtually deadlocked with the right-wing Likud bloc. The small parties of right and left were racking up votes and gaining the balance of power. Peres slumped in his chair. If the trend held, his dream of an international peace conference and territorial compromise with the Palestinians...

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