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Reporter Gets Defense Post

Dan Margalit, the journalist whose exposure of the Rabins’ bank account in Washington led to the resignation of Premier Yitzhak Rabin as leader of the Labor Party, has conditionally accepted a job offer from the new Defense Minister, Gen. Ezer Weizman. Margalit, who is the Washington correspondent of Haaretz, said his acceptance depended on the consent of his editor. The latter has not made a decision.

Weizman, the number two man in Likud’s Herut wing, has offered Margalit it the posts of special advisor on international matters and spokesman and information officer of the Defense Ministry. He would be assuming the functions of Arthur Ben-Nathan who was advisor to former Defense Minister Shimon Peres and Naftali Lavi, the Defense Ministry’s former spokesman who has been made spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

Weizman has retained Peres’ military secretary Gen. Aryeh Bar-On. The new Defense Minister is currently engaged in talks with senior army officers and management personnel of the ministry. He will tour the border areas and military installations shortly.

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