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Flap over Remarks on Labor Doves

Labor Party Secretary General Uzi Baram has taken issue publicly with Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin over the Minister’s tough remarks against party doves who have pressed for recognition of Palestinian self-determination.

Baram, himself a dove, said Sunday the argument within Labor over the Palestinian problem was legitimate and there was no need for name-calling.

During the weekend, Rabin, in a speech, said that those in the party who called for recognition of Palestinian self-determination were calling “for the strengthening of the PLO and of terrorism.” He noted that Jordan for its part had closed Fatah-PLO facilities and had broken with the PLO. He urged his party comrades not to choose the PLO rather than Jordan.

The Minister was referring to a move last week by a dovish group within Labor, the Mashov Circle, to introduce a resolution to the party’s Central Committee recognizing the Palestinians’ right to self-determination.

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