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New Crisis in Israel Government Averted; Dispute May Be Settled by Negotiations

A new crisis in the Israel Cabinet was averted today when a parliamentary debate on the question of religious education for children in the immigrant camps was postponed until next Monday, thus opening the possibility of a settlement of this controversial issue through inter-party negotiations.

The debate was scheduled to follow a statement made last night in parliament by Education Minister David Remez on behalf of the Israel Cabinet, He implied that all the demands of the Religious Bloc on education in the immigrant camps have been fulfilled by the government. He added that the government has been carefully considering all its actions on this issue in order not to sharpen the conflict between the Cabinet and leaders of the Religious Bloc.

The decision to postpone the debate was preceded by direct talks between religious members of parliament and members of the Israel Labor Party. The Laborites had previously indicated that they would not yield to pressure on the part of the religious group.