In Jerusalem, a major partner in Israel's ruling coalition has split, with some members withdrawing support for the government.
SV INT: Group of party members around table.
SV INT: Professor Yigael Yadin, deputy prime minister and party leader speaking, with other members at table... and SV professor Yadin handing microphone to Professor Amnon Rubinstein who speaks. (three shots)
SV Professor Rubinstein and Professor Yadin finish conference and rise to leave.
CU Professor Rubinstein speaking to reporter.
YADIN: "This is not a happy moment for all the members of DASH. After a long way that which I still think will be remembered as a phenomenon in the political life, members of DASH came to a conclusion that, because of differences of opinion, they cannot proceed to go on together as a political entity. And now, both of us look forward to be able to be active in the political life in the way we believe."
RUBINSTEIN: "It is one of the paradoxes of this present situation that, on separating, we definitely agree and concur on everything, and I fully second and consent to what Professor Yadin has said."
RUBINSTEIN: "We want to go our own independent way, just as the D.M.C. (Democratic Movement of Change, DASH), was when it was in opposition before it joined the government."
REPORTER: "Are there any possibilities of you joining ranks with the Labour Party?"
RUBINSTEIN: "No, not at all. We shall have our own independent, centralistic attitude, and we shall not join ranks with any other party."
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Background: In Jerusalem, a major partner in Israel's ruling coalition has split, with some members withdrawing support for the government. The Democratic Movement for Change, known as DASH, has been the second-largest political party in the coalition. Reuters reports the split will weaken Prime Minister Menachem Begin's government, although he can still command a majority in the Knesset.
SYNOPSIS: Of the fifteen DASH members in the government, three have not yet decided what to do. Seven members will remain, led by party leader and deputy Prime Minister Professor Yigael Yadin, who describes how the split came about.
The five members withdrawing their support for the government are led by Professor Amnon Rubinstein.
Reuters reports that Professor Rubinstein's group is opposed to the government's firm policies on the occupation of Arab land.