Reports in Israel and abroad that the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, is in failing health have been denied.
CU Plaque on wall.
GV Ezer Weizman leaves car and walks to Knesset.
MV Prime Minister Begin leaves car, walks into building.
GV Dayan leaves car and walks into building.
CU Professor Meir Gottsman speaking as newsmen take notes. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: GOTTSMAN: "Mr. Begin is in good physical condition, and is carrying out his full normal duties as Prime Minister. The articles that have recently appeared in this country and abroad questioning the Prime Minister's health are totally without foundation. Fourteen months ago Mr. Begin suffered from an acute myocardial infarction and since than has had two episodes of pericarditis. For many years he has been known to suffer from very mild chemical diabetes which has ben controlled successfully be a minimal dose of anti-diabetic therapy. Reports that his blood sugar has varied are not correct.
Mr. Begin does not suffer from angina pectoris nor shortness of breath, and has totally nor shortness of breath, and has totally recovered from his myocardial infarction. Mr. Begin's state of health is excellent. He is not a sick man and none of his physical conditions in any way impair on his conduct; on his normal daily activities; or on his duties as a Prime Minister. Thank you very much."
Earlier it was reported that the Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister, Igal Horowitz, had called for the resignation of Defence Minister Weizman. After Sunday's meeting Mr. Horowitz said his call had not been discussed at the meeting. Mr. Horowitz had criticised the Defence Minister's opposition to hard line replies formulated by Israel last week to United States' questions about the future of Israeli occupied territories.
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Background: Reports in Israel and abroad that the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, is in failing health have been denied.
SYNOPSIS: There have also been reports of wrangling among Cabinet members, meeting at the Prime Minister's office. Defence Minister Ezer Weizman has denied storming out of the previous week's meeting and saying he was going to prepare for the next war. Prime Minister Begin told newsmen at last Sunday's (25 June) meeting, "As you can all see, I feel fine". Defence Minister Weizman also denied saying that Mr. Begin and the Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan were liars. Mr. Begin's doctor, Meir Gotsman, spoke to newsmen.