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Premier Menachem Begin was hospitalized this evening at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem reportedly for tests. He returned to Jerusalem from a special Cabinet meeting at the army headquarters in Tel Aviv where the Cabinet heard a briefing on the redeployment of the Israel Defense Force in the Negev.

Shortly after arrival he felt ill and was immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo “tests.” According to a brief communique issued tonight he is to undergo these tests “within the next few days.” Begin suffered from heart trouble shortly after he was elected Premier but has since recovered and returned to full activity. A few months ago he suffered from a cold, but this is the first time he has been hospitalized since 1977.

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