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BEGIN'S CONDITION WORSENS TO CRITICAL

Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin's condition worsened Friday from serious to critical, a hospital official said.

Begin, 78, has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital since suffering the heart attack on Tuesday.Dr. Dan Michaeli, the hospital director, said Begin remained on a respirator. He was heavily sedated, and "you can't really judge if he is conscious or not," Michaeli said.

He said Begin's condition was deteriorating because his heart muscle was weakening. "His blood pressure is going up and down," Michaeli said.