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Knesset Rejects Non-confidence Motion on Policy for Occupied Territories

The Knesset (Parliament) today overwhelmingly rejected a motion of “no confidence” in the Government, submitted by Shmuel Tamir on behalf of the three-man Free Center faction, an offshoot of Herut. The vote was 64 to 3. All other opposition groups abstained. The motion was submitted yesterday on grounds that the Government had accepted the Nov. 22 Security Council resolution which among other things, calls for Israel’s withdrawal from occupied Arab territories. Mr. Tamir accused the Government of preparing public opinion for a withdrawal which, he contended, was contrary to popular sentiment. The Free Center, like the Herut from which it broke away, demands that the present cease-fire lines be made Israel’s permanent borders.