Israel Cabinet Decides to Function As a Caretaker Government

The Israel Cabinet today decided to submit its formal resignation and to continue as a caretaker government until the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, approved the formation of a new Government. The move was proposed by Justice Minister Dov Joseph who noted that it was the course consistent with democratic procedure.

Eleven bills to which there is no political opposition will be first on the Knesset’s agenda when the newly elected body convenes on November 22. These items include proposals for moving all advertising signs to a distance of at least 100 yards from public highways and restrictions against the pollution of sea water by oil tankers.

The first session of the Knesset will be opened by President Zalman Shazar, who will then turn over the chair to former Premier David Ben-Gurion who is the oldest Knesset member. Deputy Prime Minister Abba Eban presided over today’s Cabinet meeting in the absence of Premier Levi Eshkol who is on vacation.

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