Israel today (July 31) endorsed the Untied States Middle East peace plan, already accepted by Egypt and Jordan, giving a chance to U.
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Background: Israel today (July 31) endorsed the Untied States Middle East peace plan, already accepted by Egypt and Jordan, giving a chance to U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers' appeal "to stop shotting and start talking."
Israel's approval came after a week of cabinet meetings, inter party parleys and party caucus deliberations aimed at preserving the national unity coalition government following the threatened walk-out by the right-wing nationalist Gahal Party.
It is still not clear whether Gahal, which objects to the ideas of withdrawal contained in the American plan, will not quit the government. Its central committee is to hold a session on the mater on Monday night.
Even if Gahal does leave the government, Prime Minister Mrs Golda Meir will still command a comfortable majority at the head of a smaller coalition cabinet to push the endorsement through parliament.
Today's two-hour cabinet session, the fourth on the plan in six days, decided to appoint a ministerial committee headed by mrs Meir to draft the details of the Israeli reply which is expected to be forwarded to Washington next week.