ISRAELI PRIME Minister Yitzhak Shamir has some traits in common with President George Bush. They are both hardheaded men.
Their stubbornness has become a hindrance to progress in the quest for lasting peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
Their heedless game of chicken is also putting the U.S.-Israeli "special relationship" under enormous strain at a time when it should be moving harmoniously in a common purpose.
President Bush could show more flexibility in his posture regarding $10 billion in loan guarantees so that Israel can absorb an expected one million Soviet immigrants. . . . Bush entreated Congress to delay considering the request for 120 days and later threatened to veto any authorization without any request.