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Rabin May Get Post in Cabinet After Elections, Will Not Resign As Envoy, ‘post’ Says

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The Washington Post reported from Jerusalem yesterday that Gen. Itzhak Rabin, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, may get a post in Israel’s Cabinet in the October election but that he will not be asked to resign as envoy to seek election to the next Knesset. A report from Jerusalem yesterday said that Gen. Rabin planned to take an active role in the election campaign in the hope of becoming a Cabinet minister.

The Post said that the decision that Gen. Rabin would not be asked to quit his diplomatic post was reached at a meeting of the Labor Party in Jerusalem. The story also said that the idea was initiated by Labor party secretary-general Pinhas Sapir, seeking a popular hero to oppose Defense Minister Moshe Dayan who might be a candidate for the Defense Ministry if Gen. Dayan decided to run independent of the Labor Party. The Post added that it now seemed unlikely that Gen. Dayan would run as an independent, which led to the decision not to pressure Gen. Rabin to resign as Ambassador. Under Israeli law, a candidate for elective office must resign from an appointive post at least 100 days before the election.

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