TEL AVIV (Feb. 6)
Former Foreign Minister Abba Eban has withdrawn his candidacy for the Labor Party’s nomination for Premier and has announced his support for Defense Minister Shimon Peres in his efforts to oust Premier Yitzhak Rabin from the post. Eban’s announcement was made at his home Thursday night before a group of 120 of his supporters, all but two of whom agreed to support Peres.
Eban said that because of the present leadership of Labor the party for the first time is isolated from other political factions. He said the present leadership has failed in bringing harmony and partnership not only within the Alignment and the government coalition, but also between the top leaders of the party itself. Peres, who arrived at the end of the meeting, praised Eban and said that the former Foreign Minister will return soon to an active role in the government.