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  • Gahal Faces Split over Staying in National Coalition Government

    Gahal, the parliamentary alignment of the Herut and Liberal parties which almost precipitated a Cabinet crisis over alleged remarks of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in a Newsweek interview, today faced a split in its own ranks. Differences have developed between the leaders of the two factions over whether to remain in the national coalition Government…. More ▸

  • Eshkol Government Easily Defeats Knesset Non-confidence Vote on West Bank Issue

    The Knesset (Parliament) by a majority vote today defeated a motion of no confidence in the Government of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. The vote, 74-five, with seven abstentions, came only hours after Mr. Eshkol and Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon managed to avert a break in the coalition Cabinet. The motion of non-confidence and the… More ▸

  • Round-up of the News

    “Prime Minister Levi Eshkol was quoted today as declaring that Israel was willing to negotiate with the Arabs over most of the areas occupied in the Six-Day War but he made it clear that Israel would never give up Jerusalem and would insist on continued control of the Golan Heights. He described the Israeli position… More ▸

  • Eban Says Israel Will Hold on to Sharm El-sheikh, Golan Heights, and Jerusalem

    Israel’s conditions for peace with the Arabs were unveiled here, apparently for the first time, today in an interview given by Foreign Minister Abba Eban to the newspaper Le Figaro. Mr. Eban referred specifically and in detail to the permanent boundaries that Israel will demand and stressed that they are based primarily on his nation’s… More ▸

  • UN Welcomes Report That Nixon Favors Big Four Meetings on Mideast Tensions

    The United Nations has not been informed of any plans for a Four Power meeting on the Mideast situation but will be prepared to place all necessary facilities at the disposal of the conference, a UN spokesman announced today. Speculation at the UN head quarters was that such a meeting probably would not be held… More ▸

  • Moscow Says Executions Were ‘justified’ While Arab World Takes Dim View of Spectacle

    A Moscow radio broadcast monitored here today said that Iraq was “fully justified” in hanging 14 alleged spies, nine of them Jews, in Baghdad and Basra last Monday. In the first Soviet comment on the hangings, the broadcast charged that the executions were being exploited by “imperialist and Zionist propaganda machines” and referred to “terrible… More ▸

  • New Spy Trial Under Way in Iraq; 13 Jews Said to Be Among the Defendants

    New spy trials were reported under way yesterday in Iraq, where 14 men–nine Jews among them–were hanged Monday on charges of espionage for Israel. Charges against the new defendants involved alleged spying for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It was reported here that 35 persons–13 of them Jews–would be tried on charges of… More ▸

  • Eshkol Tells Knesset That U.S. Has Not Made Nuclear Treaty Signing an Aid Condition

    Prime Minister Levi Eshkol told the Knesset (Parliament) yesterday that the United States has not made Israel’s signing of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty a prior condition for aid. The U.S. has been urging Israel’s signature on the pact however but Israel had indicated that it needs more time to study the ramifications of the treaty,… More ▸

  • Eshkol Outraged, Denounces Hangings, and Denies Iraqi Jews Were Israeli Spies

    Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, shaking with anger, appeared before a grim Parliament today to denounce the pre-dawn hanging of nine Jews as “genocide” that will be stopped by Israel if it is not halted from outside. Mr. Eshkol, whose face reflected the rage felt by Israelis when they learned of the hangings from their newspapers… More ▸

  • Eshkol Plans to Seek Premiership Again; Would Support Dayan As Defense Minister

    Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, 74, declared Friday that he intended to seek the Premiership again after the general election next October and had no intention of stepping down. He also had kind words for his potentially chief rival for the top Government post, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan. He said he would not consider anyone but… More ▸