The leadership of Israel's next government is still in doubt despite assurances from the Likud Party that the ailing Mr.
GV Newsmen outside hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel
GV Sister of Prime Minister Designate Menachem Begin leaving hospital
CU INTERIOR Newsmen
SCU Begin's doctor talking to newsmen (in English)
GV EXTERIOR Hotel
GVs Likud Party leaders entering hotel (4 shots)
SCU Party spokesman Ezer Weizmann talking to reporters (in English)
"So I think that probably if you listened to our last announcement this morning that Mr. Begin came this morning at about a quarter to three o'clock in the morning to the hospital. He came by himself with his wife in his car. He said he didn't feel very well during the night following a very, very busy and tiring day, in which he had many, many meetings and many talks, and quite a long talk with the new American ambassador."
"Everything goes according to plan. We'll carry on tomorrow. We'll begin negotiations with Dash and we'll form a government."
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Background: The leadership of Israel's next government is still in doubt despite assurances from the Likud Party that the ailing Mr. Menachem Begin would become Prime Minister. Mr. Begin, aged 64, who suffered a severe heart attack two months ago, entered hospital in Tel Aviv on Monday (23 May) complaining of chest pains, strain and exhaustion after last week's general elections. His Likud Party won 43 seats in the country's 120-seat Knesset (Parliament) in the elections.
SYNOPSIS: His personal doctors said Mr. Begin would remain in hospital at least a week and could return to politics after further rest, but would have to limit his workload. His doctor explained how Mr. Begin entered hospital.
Likud leaders meeting in Tel Aviv said Mr. Begin would definitely head Israel's next government, but the party's leadership was reportedly already seeking alternative solutions should Mr. Begin's illness prevent him from assuming a full Prime Ministerial role. Likud hopes to include in its coalition government the newly-formed Democratic Movement for Change (DASH), which won 15 seats in the elections. Senior party official Ezer Weizmann spoke about Likud's plans to form a government.