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Knesset to Convene on Foreign Policy

The Knesset will interrupt its summer recess to convene in special session Thursday at the government’s request, to hear a policy statement by Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. His statement will be followed by a scheduled four-hour debate.

Premier Menachem Begin, who will be back from Rumania by then, is expected to renew his efforts to push through a resolution supported by all parties other than the Democratic Front for Peace (Rakah) reiterating Israel’s refusal to talk to the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Although last week the Labor Alignment and the Democratic Movement for Change repulsed Begin’s bid, the PLO’s Central Council’s rejection in Damascus last Friday of Security Council Resolution 242 may give Begin more ammunition. The Alignment and DMC had planned to submit a demand for a special session on motions of their own about Israel’s foreign policy, but failed to move before the government did.