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Pqe 2, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, March 28, 1980 Israel's Democratic Movement Considers Leaving Begin's Coalition Government By David Landau JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Deputy Premier Yigael Yadin, leader of the Democratic Movement (DM), has come under increasing pressure from a significant number of his colleagues to pull the party out d Premier Menachem 13egin's coalition government. Yadin has resisted such a move at this time but he was oven'uled when the DM SecreCadate agreed to meet to consider proposals to quit the gornment. Y'mra Granit, chairman of the Secreriate, and several other party leaders, met with Yadin last week. They urged him to leave the likud-led coaCdion "in the national inter- est." They cited the governmer's failing popular- ity with the electorate and its settlement policy on the West Bank which the DM has con- sistently opposed with little effect. Another factor is the economic crisis which has contributed to the unpopular- ity of the present government. Yadin used the argument of "'national interest" to try to persuade his colleagues to postpone a decision. He stressed that the country faces very difficult times in the weeks and months ahead, at home and on the international diplo- matic front. He said the DM should not be the factor which brings the government down thereby adding the impotency of a lame-duck caretaker regime to the nation's problems. Under Israeli law, | O0 days Syria Cautioned to Adhere To Golan Heights Agreement WASHINGTON (JTA)-- caution came after it was reported that the Syrian gov- The State Department cau- ernment has agreed to allow tioned Syria last week to the Palestine Liberation adhere to its 1974 agreement Organization to use the Golan with Israel on disengagement Heights as a springboard for on the Golan Heights. The attacks on Israel. must elapse between the dissolution of the Knesset and new elections. In that period, the incumbent government continues to function as an interim administration. Yadin immediately sum- moned home the DM's No. 2 man, Justice Minister Shmuel Tamir, who is presently visiting Canada. Tamir shares Yadin's desire to remain in the coalition for the time being and the two party leaders are expected to rally Others of like mind to head off the secessionist move. Some observers believe that the anti-coalition forces may win a majority in the Secretariate but it is not certain that they can prevail if the matter is presented for a vote to the party's much larger Central Committee, where Yadin and Tamir control a sizeable portion of the votes. Guessing Who Will Benefit With the possibility of a DM defection looming, Likud and the opposition Labor Party are each claiming that they will benefit. According to Likud circles, at least two DM mem- hers, Tamir and Akiva Nor, will join Likud and bring others with them, in which case the government would preserve its Knesset majority. The Labor Party organ Davar claimed that two DM Knesset members, Zaidan Atshe and Shlomo Eliahu, have already put out feelers to join the Labor Party. The DM presently has seven Knesset seats, less than half the 15 seats it won in the 1977 elec- tions as the Democratic Move- ment for Change (DMC). The DMC split some time ago, the defectors forming the opposi- tion Shai faction. Meanwhile, rumblings of discontent have been heard from Begin's largest coalition partner, the National Religious Party. Its leader, Interior Minister Yosef Burg, spoke publicly last week about the prospect of early elections. But the NRP Knesset faction decided to defer further dis- cussion. Like Yadin, the NRP does not want to take responsibility for bringing down the government. The Fifth Question... Why can't peoples everywhere enjoy peace and security? We wish all our friends a very peaceful, secure, and happy Passover. 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Sadat with Carter. official, Carter The official, who asked not inil to be identified, said Hussein Begin at a was invited last January and foreign Soviet Jewish Sentenced 5 Years in NEW YORK (JTA)--Igor G Guberman, the 44-year-old Aug. 13 and Jewish journalist and author, mc was sentenced to five years on false charg d imprisonment and confisca- in stolen icon tion of his property at his trial 1973, on March 11, the National contributor to Council on Soviet Jewry ground (NCSJ) reported it had the learned, approached who were The NCSJ said it had no information as to the fate of a harassment in Jewish photographer who December, refused last fall to incriminate his wife Tatiana, Guberman. The Jewish dren applied f# photographer was one of Israel. three co-defendants who went After on trial with Guberman. Two refusals by of them are convicted cooperate criminals, one of whom has police, the served a jail sentence for Gubermanon larceny, and the third was the buying and Jewish photographer, the NCSd THEY WITH  !!i AND NAME THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNATIONAL EDITION 110E 59th St New York. N Y 10022 ADDRESS LJ Please dehver 52 ssues of THE JERUSALEM POST International Edition for one full year and send me the NEW CiTY DRY BONES Book My check for $35 00 s enclosed lJ Please del,ver 26 ssues for six STARE months My check for $19 O0 S enclosed E 184