The leadership of Israel's next government is still in doubt despite assurances from the Likud Party that the ailing Mr.
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.