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Knesset Rejects Herut Criticism on Withdrawal of Israeli Troops

A challenge to Premier David Ben Gurion’s government, posed by a Herut criticism of the Premiers decision to withdraw Israeli troops from Sinai and to accept an international police force, was beaten back in Parliament today by a vote of 66 to 13. A Communist demand for a debate on the government’s foreign policy was sloughed off 77 to three.

In a brief reply to the rightists, the Premier said that he would not “compete” with the Herut by attempting to match his brand of patriotism and heroism with theirs. Instead, he cited ancient definition of courage to the effect that: “It is wise to know when to fear, to know what to fear and what not to fear, and where there is no need to fear.”