The crisis in the Israeli government shows no signs of ending.
GV Students demonstrating on campus of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
SV Clashes between left and right wing students (3 shots)
SV Riot police
GV ZOOM IN Mr. Weizman leaves Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv with Army Chief of Staff (3 shots)
CU National Religious Party leader Josef Burg speaking in English
CU Yitzhak Shamir speaking at news conference
GV Prime Minister's office
SV Prime Minister Begin and staff arrive at office
SV Deputy Prime Minister Yadin arrives
SV Chief of Staff leaving
GV Office building ZOOM DOWN TO newsmen
CU Yadin speaking in English
JOSEF BURG: "If we start now, the reshuffle of people and men, of ministers and of jobs, then we have to start, perhaps all the government from scratch. And I believe it is not the proper comment to do this. If we restrict the question only concerning the one job of Mr. Weizman as Minister of Defence, I believe we will be closer to a solution. This is my opinion."
"We were asked to come and discuss the problem with the Prime Minister and we explained to him why the Secretariat and our group at the Knesset took the decision that we are against these proposals of the reshuffling. Particularly against one of them."
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Background: The crisis in the Israeli government shows no signs of ending. Following the resignation of Defence Minister Ezer Weizman at the weekend (24, 25 May) Prime Minister Menachem has faced growing criticism from Opposition groups and his own supporters. The continuing tension has also caused violent clashes between students.
SYNOPSIS: The fighting broke out when right wing students attacked a leftist rally at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. The issues were the same which provoked Mr. Weizman's resignation -- Palestinian autonomy and the government's controversial settlement policy on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan.
Public confidence in the Begin administration is low with fifty one percent of Israelis wanting the government to resign according to a recent newspaper poll. As riot police handled this disturbance, Mr. Weizman left the Defence Ministry.
Mr. Weizman has been at odds with cabinet colleagues for months over the government's policy towards the West Bank. He favoured greater freedom for the Palestinians, and strongly opposed Jewish settlements in occupied Arab territories. His resignation has left the Prime Minister with a serious political problem. His collation colleagues, including Interior Minister Josef Burg, cannot agree on a replacement for the crucial post.
Prime Minister begin originally intended to appoint Foreign Minister Yitzhal Shamir, a hardliner, to the post but, it's believed he couldn't gain coalition support.
It's now thought that Mr. Begin will temporarily solve the crisis by appointing himself as Defence Minister. Meanwhile Mr. Weizman and the prime Minister exchange bitter comments about the resignation.
Israeli Chief of Staff, Rafael Eitan, is believed to have been critical of the government, and Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin also conveyed his party's feelings to the Prime Minister