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Begin’s Government Barely Survives

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The government of Premier Menachem Begin barely survived no-confidence motions on the government’s economic policies today in the Knesset by a vote of 57-54 with two abstentions, the narrowest margin of victory since the government was elected in 1977. Among those voting with the opposition were former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and former Defense Minister Ezer Weizman.

The tense vote came after a seven-hour debate which was climaxed by a speech by Weizman who urged early elections “at this time of emergency.” The no-confidence motions by the Labor Party, Rokah and Tehiya followed an announcement last week that Israel’s inflation had jumped II percent in October to on annual rate of 138 percent, the highest in the world. (See full story P. 3)

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