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Labor Party Continues Low Profile in Aftermath of Begin’s Announcement

The Labor Party continued to maintain a low profile in the aftermath of Premier Menachem Begin’s announcement of his intention to resign. The party’s central bodies were to meet this evening, but satisfaction was expressed in Labor Party circles this morning that the party had decided to go slow in issuing an official reaction to Begin’s move, in view of his statement today that he will only issue his final statement this evening or tomorrow morning.

But unofficially, Labor leaders feel that the Prime Minister is intent on resigning. Although all parties deny it officially, observers say that unofficial contacts are probably under way with Likud coalition partners such as the National Religious Party and Tami about the possibility of their supporting the Labor Party if Shimon Peres is asked by President Chaim Herzog if he can form an alternate government.