Vote of Confidence Due Tuesday

Defense Minister Ezer Weizman will interrupt his five-day visit to Cairo tomorrow to fly back to Jerusalem to participate in a Knesset vote of confidence in the government of Premier Menachem Begin. He will return to Cairo afterwards to continue his talks with Egyptian officials on the military aspects of Israel’s withdrawal from Sinai. Weizman arrived in Cairo yesterday before Moshe Dayan announced his resignation. After a long telephone conversation with Begin today, he decided to return to Jerusalem after a scheduled meeting with President Anwar Sadat where he is expected to raise the issue of Sinai oil supplies for Israel.

The Knesset opened its winter session today under the shadow of the Foreign Minister’s resignation and the Supreme Court’s decision declaring the Gush Emunim settlement of Elon Moreh illegal. Tomorrow’s debate, however, will be over a motion of no-confidence presented by the Labor Alignment based on the deteriorating economic and social conditions and the government’s alleged failure to take proper action.

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