Should Israelis be allowed to buy land in the Arab territories that have been occupied since 1967? That question, deriving from the broader problem of what to do about the occupied territories, will be a major issue in the forthcoming election campaign, and Is rael's dominant Labor Party is sharply divided.

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has asked Prime Minister Golda Meir to agree to such purchases, but so far there has been no decision. According to a Dayan aide, there are tens of thousands of acres of land in the occupied areas that could be bought from Arab landowners...

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