Beigin Reported Better, but Full Statement is Demanded

Menachem Beigin, Likud’s candidate for Premier, who has been hospitalized for almost two weeks, was reported “much better” today. He is now allowed to leave his bed and walk around the Ichilov Hospital where he was admitted suffering from what is now acknowledged to have been a heart attack.

According to unconfirmed reports from political sources, the Likud leader had one very critical night when his life was in danger. Bulletins about his health and progress have been vague and the Labor-leaning “Jerusalem Post” called today for “an authoritative and plainly intelligible statement” on his condition.

The paper said that while the Israeli press and public have traditionally respected politicians’ privacy, a serious contender for the Premiership on the eve of an election is a special case demanding special treatment.

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