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September 21, 1984 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-09-21

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Jerusalem (JTA) —Israel's Na- from the Alignment opposition it-
tional Unity Government passed self.
its vote of confidence in the Knes-
Yossi Sarid, formerly a close
set shortly after midnight last associate of Peres, now a member
of Shulamit Aloni's Citizens
Eighty-nine Knesseters vote in Rights Movement (CRM), said the
favor of the new government.
agreement had turned Labor into
Eighteen, representing Mapam,
a second division of the Likud. He
Tehiya, Civil Rights Movement, charged that in Israel there is dis-
Hadash, the Progressive List for crimination against Arabs "re-
Peace and Kach, voted against.
miniscent of apartheid."
Mordechai Virshubsky, member
Labor's Jacque Amir dismissed
of Shinui — which participates in the charge as "ridiculous and dis-
the coalition — abstained.
graceful." Amir said that Sarid
Shimon Peres became Premier, ought to have resigned from the
after a long and weary struggle Knesset and returned his seat to
which lasted 10 years. He did so,
the Labor Party.
despite the disappointing election
On the right wing, speakers
results. Early Friday morning, he
from the Tehiya Zomet list
and his 24 ministers — the largest warned that the new government
Israeli Cabinet ever — gave their posed a threat to the future of the
oaths of allegiance. The new land of Israel.
Cabinet was presented to
Tehiya Knesseter Geula Cohen
President Haim Herzog on Fri- suggested that under the
guidelines of the new coalition the
Under the coalition agreement, government would have to even
Peres will serve for the first 25
discuss the future of Jerusalem if
months as Premier, while his pre-
that issue were raised by a Jorda-
decessor, Yitzhak Shamir, will nian delegation to future peace
serve as Acting Premier and talks.
Foreign Minister. Then they will
About 20 Knesseters of Labor,
switch, for another 25 months.
Mapam and CRM walked out of
The new government was
the chamber when Kach Knesse-
formed about six weeks after the ter Rabbi Meir Kahane began his
July elections.
speech. The speech was cut short
Summing up the eight-hour de- by speaker Shlomo Hillel when it
bate, Peres said a national unity
went on too long.
government was no sin. He re-
In a statement from Kenneth
minded Mapam, which split from
Bialkin, chairman of the Confer-
the Labor Alignment because of ence of Presidents of Major
the new partnership with the American Jewish Organizations,
Likud, that it had participated in the conference declared:
such a coalition in the past. He
"We congratulate the people of
said Mapam's secretary general,
Israel on the formation of a na-
Victor Shem-Tov, was deluding
tional coalition government
himself that Labor could have set which will give Israel increased
up a government without the
strength and resources to serve
Likud. This would have meant the Jewish people. The difficult
wholesale concessions to the reli-
negotiations which produced a
gious parties, he said, and Mapam
government of national unity are
would have been the first to com-
testimony to the dedication of Is-
rael's political leaders to the wel-
Peres rejected the allegation
fare of its people.
that Labor had sold out its princi-
"We anticipated a strong gov-
ples. He said the Likud had also
ernment whose policies will re-
made major concessions.
flect the broadest consensus on
Prior to criticizing his critics,
major issues and which will pre-
Peres outlined the basic principle
sent a unified force in addressing
of the National Unity Govern-
the difficult problems which lie
ment: The Likud has not given
up its views, neither has the
"We look forward to working
Alignment. We did not come to
with Prime Minister Peres,
blur out differences, to fold flags,
Foreign Minister Shamir and all
not to surrender. We came to
the other government ministers
search a way, which despite the
and extend to them our sincere
differences, would exhaust the
possible common."
Peres said that issues such as
the withdrawal from Lebanon and
the economic crisis could be more
easily resolved with a National
Unity Government. On the future
Jerusalem (ZINS) — The final
of the settlements, he quoted from
the coalition agreement, saying results of the July 23 elections in
Israel were:
that the differences still existed,
Labor, 44 Knesset seats
but that the government would
not take out settlements. Regard- (724,074 votes); Likud, 41 seats
ing the development of the exist- (661,302 votes); Tehiyah (Gush
Emunim, 5 (83,037); National
ing settlements, this would be de-
Religious Party, 4 (73,530);
cided by the government. On the
economic crisis, he said that Hadash (Communists), 4 (69,815);
things could be done without Sephardi Torah Guardians, 4
hardships through mutual under- (63,605); Shinui (Prof. Rubins-
tein), 3 (54,747); Citizens Rights
Movement, 3 (49,698); Yahad
At the debate, Mapam Knesse- (Weitzman), 3 (46,302); Progress-
ter Shem-Tov, now head of the ive List, 2 (38,012); Agudat Israel,
largest opposition party (six 2 (36,079); Morasha (Gush
Knesseters), charged that the new Emunim), 2 (22,287); Tami
government paved the way for (Abuhazira), 1 (31,103); Kach
Ariel Sharon to become Premier (Kahane), 1 (25,907); Ometz
since he has won "rehabilitation" (Hurvitz), 1 (23,845).

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