Israeli Party Delays Vote to Leave Coalition
Ministers of the center-left Labor Party today postponed a special meeting in which they were to have considered pulling out of the government.
The party acted after 12 people were killed when a Palestinian grabbed the steering wheel of a bus and caused it to plunge into a ravine.
Three left-wing parties filed no-confidence motions against the government in Parliament.
Avi Gil, a spokesman for Labor leader and Finance Minister Shimon Peres, said the party’s 100-member bureau will convene Monday to decide what course of action to take.
Shamir explicitly ruled out a chief condition of Palestinians, the participation of 140,000 Arabs in East Jerusalem in the elections. He also rejected establishment of a Palestinian state and said the balloting could not be held until the Palestinian uprising ended.
In Tunis, Tunisia, Palestine Liberation Organization spokesman Ahmed Abdul-Rahman today said Shamir’s hard-line conditions have closed the door to peace, and he vowed that the uprising of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip would be “escalated because this is the only answer to intransigence.”