No. 30

22 April 1996

The Political Scene

Israel's latest rampage in Lebanon probably had more to do with Prime Minister Shimon Peres' election prospects than any realistic chance of inflicting a military or political defeat on the Shi'ite fundamentalist group Hizbollah. At first all went well, with the Americans dutifully lining up four square behind Israel and producing (after some delay) a cease-fire plan tailored to Israeli requirements. But when the Israelis massacred...