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Begin, Ban on Elal Sabbath Flights to Take Effect Sept. I

The bitter controversy over a government-imposed ban on Sabbath flights by El Al was revived yesterday when Premier Menachem Begin promised the Aguda Israel that it would take effect September I. While the Orthodox party expressed satisfaction, the El Al workers committees vowed to fight the restriction and renewed their threat to ground Israel’s national air carrier permanently.

The Sabbath flight ban, one of the concessions made by Begin to bring the Aguda party’s four-member Knesset faction into his coalition government last year, was to be implemented August I. But the Lebanese war intervened, burdening the government with more urgent matters.