Attempts to form a new Government in Israel by Menachem Begin's right-wing Likud Party have run into new trouble.
Attempts to form a new Government in Israel by Menachem Begin's right-wing Likud Party have run into new trouble. The leader of the Democratic Movement for Change, Mr. Yigal Yadin, said in Jerusalem his party will now not join the coalition.
SYNOPSIS: The decision was made following a party debate lasting until early on Tuesday morning (14 June). The two parties strongly disagree over policy regarding the occupied territories. Mr. Yadin told his party that conditions proposed by Likud would not allow the DMC to influence policies in any way. Mr. Yadin said that in his negotiations with the Likud Party, Mr. Begin completely opposed suggestions that Israel must agree to give up occupied areas of Jordan's West Bank the help achieve a Middle East settlement.
Mr. Begin had been hoping to form a strong government with the help of Mr. Yadin's party, which holds thirteen seats in the Israel parliament. Without the support of the DMC, Likud can only count on a bare majority with the help of the small religious parties. Mr. Yadin hasn't closed the door on a coalition completely. He told his party that negotiations can be resumed at a later date, if conditions are created to make this feasible.
With the support of the small religious parties, the Likud will have control of 63 of the 120 seats in the Israeli Parliament. The religious parties are supporting Mr. Began on condition that stricter religious control will be made on Israeli life. The chances of new talks between the Likud and the reformist DMC have been given a boost by the fact that three cabinet posts are to be left open for several months. It was a dispute over future pots in a new Cabinet which caused the first split between the DMC and Likud. Mr. Yadin strongly opposed Mr. Begin's offer of a Foreign Affairs Ministry to General Moshe Dayan.