Jerusalem (Dec. 6)
The Cabinet today postponed final approval of the U.S.-Israel memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation until the Ministers have more time to study the document. The Cabinet decided to discuss the issue at next week’s session.
Deputy Premier Simcha Ehrlich, who chaired the weekly Cabinet session in the absence of Premier Menachem Begin who is recovering from a broken hip, wanted immediate approval, but Education Minister Zevulun Hammer objected.
The joint U.S.-Israel document was signed by Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger last Monday in Washington. The agreement includes joint military maneuvers between the two countries and sets up a U.S.-Israel coordinating council. The memorandum sparked a bitter dispute between the Israel government coalition and opposition parties over its consequences for Israel.