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    IN A BRIEF STATEMENT TO THE ISRAELI PARLIAMENT (KNESSET) TONIGHT (TUESDAY), THE PRIME MINISTER, MR.?

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    Background: IN A BRIEF STATEMENT TO THE ISRAELI PARLIAMENT (KNESSET) TONIGHT (TUESDAY), THE PRIME MINISTER, MR. LEVI ESHKOL, SAID HIS GOVERNMENT WOULD CARRY ON UNTIL A NEW ADMINISTRATION WAS FORMED. MR. ESHKOL MADE THE PROMISE IN HIS OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF RESIGNATION TO THE HOUSE.

    LAST NIGHT (MONDAY) THE PRIME MINISTER VISITED PRESIDENT ZALMAN SHAZAR TO SUBMIT HIS RESIGNATION FOLLOWING A FRESH STORM OVER THE 'LAVON AFFAIR', PUSHED TO A HEAD BY ESHKOL'S PREDECESSOR 78-YEAR-OLD DAVID BEN GURION.

    IN A LETTER OF RESIGNATION, MR. ESHKOL SAID THE MAJORITY OF HIS 18-MONTH-OLD CABINET WAS NOT PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE PROPOSAL OF JUSTICE MINISTER DOV JOSEPH FOR A NEW INQUIRY INTO THE SENSATIONAL CASE. BEN GURION WARNED ESHKOL THAT HE WOULD DEFECT FROM THE RULING MAPAI PARTY UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL FOR A NEW PROBE.

    NO OTHER SINGLE POLITICAL ISSUE IN ISRAEL'S HISTORY HAS AROUSED MORE EMOTION OR CLAIMED MORE SPACE IN THE PRESS THAN THE 'LAVON AFFAIR', WHICH RESULTED IN THE RESIGNATION OF DEFENCE MINISTER PIN HAS LAVON IN 1955. THE ISSUE ALSO LED TO THE BRINGING DOWN OF THE BEN GURION GOVERNMENT IN 1961 WHEN THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER FROM HAVING ORDERED THE DISASTROUS SECURITY OPERATION IN 1954.

    DETAILS OF THE SECURITY OPERATION HAVE NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED OFFICIALLY, BUT IT IS SAID TO HAVE CAUSED LOSS OF LIVES AND LIBERTY, AS WELL AS POLITICAL DAMAGE TO ISRAEL'S NAME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC413U4CROX85UOHO8KI9Q06EL
    Media URN:
    VLVAC413U4CROX85UOHO8KI9Q06EL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
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    /
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    N/A

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