Israel's opposition Labour Party has announced it will keep up pressure to bring down the Government of Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, which narrowly survived three motions of no confidence in the Knesset on Wednesday (19 November).
GV EXT Knesset in Jerusalem.
GV INT Members of Parliament seated in Knesset.
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives and is greeted, then seats himself.
SV Ezer Weizman speaking in Hebrew and MPs and Mr. Begin listen. (4 SHOTS)
GV & CU Moshe Dayan speaking in Hebrew. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM IN TO Ezer Weizman voting.
SV Speaker Titzhak Berman reads results of vote.
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Background: Israel's opposition Labour Party has announced it will keep up pressure to bring down the Government of Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, which narrowly survived three motions of no confidence in the Knesset on Wednesday (19 November). Opposition parties launched a major attack on Mr. Begin's economic policies which, they say, have produced the worst inflation figures in the world.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Parliament, normally dominated by security issues, switched its attention to the economy as Israel's annual inflation rate hit one-hundred-and-thirty-eight percent. The Labour Opposition used the support of two minor parties to launch a formal debate on the economic crisis, accusing Prime Minister Begin of gross mismanagement.
The Begin coalition has been severely hit by defections, among them the former Defence Minister, Ezer Weizman, who voted against his own party on the economic issue. Mr. Weizman said the Israeli people were fed up with peace because they were paying a bitter price in inflation.
Another former Minister, Moshe Dayan, also backed the non-confidence motions, and called for early elections. Mr. Dayan said the Begin government had created an intolerable gap between itself and the people.
The two defections came as no surprise. Mr. Begin knew the vote would be close, and called a number of government members home early from overseas visits. He himself had to cut short a trip to New York. When the votes were counted, the no-confidence motions had been defeated fifty-seven to fifty-four. Opposition leader. Shimon Peres, said the result of the vote has shortened the life of the government, with a prospect of early elections.