INTRODUCTION: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan on Monday (6 July) in the continuing efforts to form a new coalition government.
SV Prime Minister Begin getting out of car and entering doorway
SV Agudat Israel leader, Abraham Shapira arriving
SV Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir getting out of car and entering building
CU Cameramen filming
CU Shapira outside Ministry speaking
SV Moshe Dayan entering building
SV PAN Newsmen waiting at entrance
SCU Dayan making statement
SHAPIRA: "I think Menachem Begin has the most chance because the religious people, (indistinct), is going with him, and Agudat Israel is in a very serious negotiation with him."
SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)
DAYAN: "We discussed the possibility of TELEM joining the government formed by Mr. Begin. The discussion was about principles, and it was agreed that the talks will continue. Thank you very much."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Likud sources later said Dayan was not likely to join the new coalition. Without him, a coalition between Likud, with 48 Knesset members, and the three religious parties, with 13 seats, would have only a two-seat majority.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin met former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan on Monday (6 July) in the continuing efforts to form a new coalition government. However, as Mr. Begin refused to concede to Moshe Dayan's demands, the talks were reported to be inconclusive. But the two agreed to meet again.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Begin called the meeting in Jerusalem because he needs the two parliamentary seats won by Mr. Dayan's TELEM party to complete the coalition he is trying to form with three religious parties.
Mr. Begin earlier held talks with Abraham Shapira, leader of the ultra-orthodox Agudat Israel grouping which won four seats in the Knesset (parliament) in the 30 June elections. He also consulted Yitzhak Shamir, Foreign Minister in the previous government and himself a member of Mr. Begin's Likud bloc. Mr. Shapira was asked about Agudat Israel's position in the talks.
Mr. Dayan was reported to be less amenable. He was said to have demanded responsibility for negotiations on Palestinian autonomy in a future government, a job already promised to National Religious Party leader Yosef Burg. Mr. Dayan's comments to newsmen were guarded.