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Peres Cancels Paris Visit

December 30, 1981
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Labor Party leader Shimon Peres has cancelled a visit to Paris due to have begun yesterday, and has sent former Foreign Minister Abba Eban in his stead, to attend a meeting of the French Socialist Party. Peres’ last-minute decision was semi-officially said to be due to the political situation within Israel.

But some party sources said the cancellation followed criticism in party circles that Peres was out of the country too much and left the party leaderless at a time when crucial minute-by-minute decisions had to be taken, such as how to vote when sudden legislation came up in the Knesset. Peres was away when the Golan Heights bill was voted on.

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