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Kreisky Raps Israel Labor Party for Supporting Action in Lebanon

The Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, today called the situation in Lebanon disastrous and he hinted at action to be taken in the Socialist International against the Israeli Labor Party which had supported Premier Menachem Begin’s military action against the PLO in Lebanon.

“We will have to talk very seriously with the Israeli Labor Party within the Socialist International,” Kreisky said. “The Labor Party acted in a way that does not correspond with our common values.”

Asked whether he meant an expulsion of the Israeli Party, Kreisky answered that he does not favor “administrative action.” Still, he said, he would openly criticize the Labor Party for its stance on the invasion of Lebanon.