Oh, All Right, Talk

Israel moves to repeal a law imposing jail terms for meetings with the P.L.O.

IT IS NOT JUST A TABOO, IT'S THE LAW -- A 1986 ISraeli law under which anyone who talks to representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization for any reason can be jailed for three years. But last week a motion by the Labor-led government to repeal that law cleared the first of three readings in the Knesset. Though the margin was the smallest possible, 37 to 36, final passage appears likely, since opponents made their maximum effort to defeat the repeal on the first round; the Likud Party even had five of its members hide in their cars until moments before...

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