VOL. XXXIX

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...