Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem, Begin, has been holding urgent talks to try and avoid a government crisis over an impending cabinet reshuffle following the surprise resignation last week of Mosehe Dayan from the post of Foreign Minister.
SV INTERIOR Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Deputy Premier Yigael Yadin and Israeli officials at Hadassah Hospital (2 SHOTS)
CU Yadin speaking to reporter in English
GV Members of Hush Emunim group holding emergency meeting, with Baruch Rubinger (white hair and glasses) in front row (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Gush Emunim member, Benny Katsover speaking to delegates (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem, Begin, has been holding urgent talks to try and avoid a government crisis over an impending cabinet reshuffle following the surprise resignation last week of Mosehe Dayan from the post of Foreign Minister. mr. Dayan claimed he had resigned because of disagreements over autonomy talks and the issue of settlements of the West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Begin offered the post of Foreign Minister to Deputy Premier Yigael Yadin, on Monday (29 October) while visiting him in hospital. Mr. Yadin, who is recuperating from a mild heart attack, turned down the portfolio-- but not for health reasons.
Mr. Yadin said he had turned down the post for two reasons. first he wanted to complete his Work on social benefits now progress was being made. Secondly, he said there were differences of opinion between his party and the majority over the question of autonomy for Palestinians, He felt the Foreign Minister should also be in charge of negotiations on the autonomy issue. However, Interior Minister, Josef Burg -- who is leading the Israeli team at the talks -- has already turned down this suggestion.
The party crisis was brought to a head by the intransigence of the Gush Emunim group which refused to obey a High Court decision calling for the dismantlement of the Elon Moreh settlement on the West Bank. At an emergency meeting on Monday (29 October) a spokesman said the group did not want to bring about the fall of the Government. But it could not tolerate the destruction of Elon Moreh -- as Gush Emunim believed in full Jewish rule over all the land of Israel.