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Israeli Premier Defeats 4 Votes of No Confidence

March 06, 1985|Associated Press

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres easily defeated four no-confidence votes in Parliament on Tuesday and lashed out at hard-liners in his coalition government who oppose Egypt's proposals to revive the Middle East peace process.

In an hourlong speech to the Knesset, Peres also defended the Israeli army raids on Shia Muslim villages in southern Lebanon as self-defense against an escalating guerrilla campaign.

His supporters defeated three of the no-confidence motions by a show of hands and the fourth, on economic issues, by a 50-14 vote. The motions were brought by leftist opposition parties against the coalition of Peres' Labor Party and the right-wing Likud bloc.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry's director general, David Kimche, accused top Lebanese officials of inciting attacks on Israeli forces in southern Lebanon and appealed for international pressure to halt the mounting guerrilla campaign.

Kimche pleaded Israel's case in an unusual meeting with the ambassadors of 11 countries that contribute troops to the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon or have seats on the U.N. Security Council.

Lebanon has asked the Security Council to condemn Israel's search-and-arrest operations in villages the Israelis believe are used as guerrilla bases. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Avi Pazner told reporters that Kimche has asked the United States to veto such a motion.

Kimche told the ambassadors the U.N. forces were "getting in the way" during Israeli raids on the villages. He also said the attacks on Israeli troops rose sharply after Lebanese leaders "changed the rules of the game and condoned terrorist acts," Pazner reported.

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