Friday's (July 31) acceptance of the terms of the United States peace plan for the Middle East has produced a threatened breakup of Israel's broad-based National Unity Coalition.
Friday's (July 31) acceptance of the terms of the United States peace plan for the Middle East has produced a threatened breakup of Israel's broad-based National Unity Coalition. The gulf was still apparent after a Cabinet session on Saturday (July 30) which endorsed the acceptance.
The Israeli Prime Minister Mrs Golda Meir tonight (August 1) meets leading members of her cabinet to draft the details of Israel's acceptance, against the threat of a walk-out by the right-wing Nationalist Gahal Party, led by Menahem Begin.
Gahal Ministers are expected to withdraw following the meeting of the party's central committee on Monday (3 AUG), although 11th-hour compromises have usually been found in the past when break-up in the Israeli cabinet have seemed inevitable.
The Gahal party objects to the ideas of withdrawal from occupied Arab territory contained in the American peace initiative.
However, even if Gahal does leave, Mrs Meir will still command a comfortable majority at the head of a small coalition cabinet to push endorsement through.
The detailed Israeli reply to the American peace initiative is expected to be forwarded to Washington next week.
The U.S. proposals call for a minimum 90-day cease-fire and indirect discussions -- aimed at a political settlement of the Middle East crisis -- under the auspices of U.N. envoy Gunnar Jarring.
The Israeli Cabinet's six Gahal Ministers refused to approve the proposals concerning Dr. Jarring's mission because it was bound to the Security Council Resolution of November 1967 concerning Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied during the Six-Day-War.