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Knesset Votes Coneidence in Cabinet; Heruth Motion Rejected

The Israel Government won a confidence vote in Parliament tonight after the rightwing Herut attacked it and introduced a motion of non-confidence. The vote upholding the Sharett Government was 66 for, seven against and 12 abstentions. The leftist Mapam and Achdut Avodah parties and the Communists abstained.

The Herut charged that the government was maintaining a “defeatist” policy, retreating on such political issues as the Bat Galim case and the Syrian capture and detention of five Israel soldiers. During the debate, the parties which later abstained explained that they would not vote with the Herut because they opposed it, although they did not approve of the government policies.