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Development Work on Lavie Plane Okayed

The Inner Cabinet today voted in favor of continuing development work on the Lavie fighter plane and its subsequent production. The 10-man Cabinet voted 8-2, with Finance Minister Yitzhak Modai and Minister-Without-Portfolio Ezer Weizman voting against.

Modai was reported to have demanded that the development costs for the plane should be borne by the U.S. He proposed that the Cabinet set up a special committee composed of members representing the Finance and Defense Ministries, to look into the costs.