Moked and Emunim Agree Its Better to Talk Than to Fight

Moked, the leftwing Knesset faction, and the militant Orthodox Emunim bloc have agreed not to settle their differences by street brawls. The leaders of both camps met here a week ago and decided that it was better to talk than to fight, it was learned today.

The Emunim demand unrestricted Jewish settlement in the administered territories in defiance of government policy, while Moked insists that the Arab lands be returned to the Arabs. A clash between the two factions was narrowly avoided several days before Yom Kippur when police prevented a group backed by Emunim from going to Jericho on the West Bank and dispersed anti-settlement forces grouping to attack the would-be settlers.

The subsequent meeting between Moked and Emunim representatives lasted four hours. It ended with the release of a joint communique in which each side stated its views on how to carry out Israel’s political struggles. The Emunim bloc said it would not make any settlement attempts before Yom Kippur. But with the holiday over, security forces have been alerted to a possible renewal of the movement before U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger arrives here Oct. 12.

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