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Begin’s Office May Move to East Jerusalem

Officials of the Prime Minister’s Office were reported today to be seriously considering moving it to East Jerusalem. They are said to have selected one of several new government buildings now under construction in the Sheikh Jarrach district, just across the former demarcation line with West Jerusalem.

Premier Menachem Begin was reported to have vetoed a move into the vacant premises of what was the Saudi Arabian Embassy to Jordan before 1967 for political reasons. But he is known to favor a shift of his office and of the Cabinet meeting room and Cabinet Secretariats into East Jerusalem as yet another gesture of Israel’s claim to permanent sovereignty over the united city.