JERUSALEM (Jul. 19)
Ariel Sharon is unhappy with his limited role in the government since he was forced to resign as Defense Minister and is thinking of quitting the Cabinet according to “close friends” quoted in a Maariv report today. According to the report, he is “chaffing at his enforced idleness. ” He did not attend the weekly Cabinet meeting last Sunday and rarely appears at his Jerusalem or Tel Aviv offices, Maariv said. He spends most of his time on his ranch in the Negev. The report triggered speculation over repercussions Sharon’s departure might have on Premier Menachem Begin’s coalition.