SYNOPSIS: Israel's Golda Meir and President Katzir met on Wednesday to discuss her efforts to form a coalition Government.
MV & PAN Mrs. Meir and President Katzir seated
CU Golda Meir speaking
SV PAN Mrs. Meir sits down
Exactly the same thing happened also this time. And the effort was made by the various parties. And what I reported to the President now was that I am prepared to present a Government to the Knesset consisting of the Arab Parliamentary group, and the Independent Liberals...together it is 58 votes. Hoping that the National Religious Party will eventually see its way to join the Government and that the Ministries that would have been taken up by them will remain open for them for a certain period of time, again with the hope that they will join us again as we have been together in the past. Thank you."
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Background: SYNOPSIS: Israel's Golda Meir and President Katzir met on Wednesday to discuss her efforts to form a coalition Government. But her fragile lead is being threatened by Moshe Dayan's unwillingness to serve in the new Cabinet.
The situation is a very complex and delicate one and some observers say new elections will be called.