World: Storm in the Knesset

It was not Menachem Begin's finest hour. During a rowdy session of the Knesset that was televised nationally last week, Israel's Premier lost his temper in a debate with Labor Party Leader Shimon Peres about Peres' talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Vienna, came close to weeping, and tore up pieces of paper. At a closed session of Labor delegates, even former Premier Golda Meir wondered aloud whether Begin had lost his senses. Meanwhile, a new "denial unit" in Begin's office, created to offset critical press stories about him, was working full...

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