In Israel, the ruling council of the middle-of-the-road Democratic Movement for Change, the DMC, has voted to join the right-wing government coalition of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
SV Exterior Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem
SV Prime Minister Begin entering room and sitting with colleagues
SV Professor Vigael Yadin (3rd from camera right side of conference table), Leader of Democratic Movement for Change, sitting with his colleagues
SV Begin and colleagues
SV Yadin and colleagues
Cameraman outside office
SV Yadin speaking to reporters
SV PAN Yadin leaving
YADIN: "We have just conclude a meeting between myself an my colleagues, and the Prime Minister and his colleagues, based on the decision of the parliamentary group of our party and its secretariat. We informed the Prime Minister that our decision was to recommend to our council tonight to accept to join the government, based on those conditions which were agreed already between the two of us. It was agreed also that some problems which were not yet solved.. they are not conditional... will be decided by a sub-committee which will sit tomorrow. Thank you."
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Background: In Israel, the ruling council of the middle-of-the-road Democratic Movement for Change, the DMC, has voted to join the right-wing government coalition of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The move increases the government's voting majority in the 120-seat parliament from six to 36.
SYNOPSIS: The decision was announced in Prime Minister Begin's office in Jerusalem at a meeting between representatives of the DMC and the government. Mr. Begin, who was among the first to arrive, had been seeking the support of the DMC since the new coalition government was formed last June.
DMC leader Professor Vigael Yadin said he was ending the party's resistance to joining the coalition because of growing differences between the United States and Israel over Palestinian representation at the proposed Middle East peace talks in Geneva. He had previously refused several invitations to join the government, mainly because Mr. Begin refused the DMC's demands for electoral reform. Professor Yadin spoke to reporters after the meeting.
Professor Yadin is expected to be offered the post of Deputy Prime Minister, with the automatic right to inherit the premiership in Mr. Begin's absence.