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As outsiders, largely unconnected to the kibbutz ethic and the implicit socialism of the Israeli center, they were drawn to the political and social conservatism of Menachem Begin, Israel I 17 the charismatic leader of Israeli right-wing politics. 11 The Sep hardic vote gave Begin his new strength. Also, fifteen Labor seats were lost in the election to a new middle-of-the-road coalition led by the well­ known archaeologist and former general Yigal Yadin. Yadin's Demo­ cratic Movement for Change (DASH) was comprised of a split from the Labor Party by those of its traditional constituency who resented what they viewed as drift in government and laxness on issues of corruption.

One school of analysis links Sadat's victory in 1973 to his surprising and important trip to Jerusalem in 1977. S. auspices, there were signs that Sadat was charting an independent course from the other Arab countries and had already begun to rupture the close Egyptian ties to the Soviet Union. For Israel this represented a lessening of military tensions and threats to the south and west and ultimately led to the first break in Israel's isolation from her Arab neighbors since 1948. A second event of 1973 indirectly affected Israel quite deeply.

18 I A COMPASSIONATE PEACE Some members of Begin's own party and coalition, including Yitz­ hak Shamir, the present foreign minister, opposed the treaty. Guela Cohen, a long-time Begin ally in the Knesset, was so strongly opposed that she withdrew from the coalition, formed another political faction, and ran for reelection in June 1981 as part of a separate party. Opposi­ tion centered on the treaty's requirement that Israel give up the productive oil field in the Sinai peninsula, and agree to close down its settlements in the northern Sinai and move several major air bases it had earlier constructed in the eastern Sinai.

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