Behind The Headlines, A Very Sick Economy

Sukkoth, the week-long harvest festival that ends on Sept. 30, is supposed to be a time of celebration for Jewish people everywhere. Yitzhak Shamir, the wily and combative Prime Minister of Israel, is celebrating the holiday at his heavily guarded residence in a leafy Jerusalem neighborhood. "But I can tell you," says one of Shamir's closest collaborators, "he's not doing a lot of rejoicing this year."

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