Eshkol Makes Overtures for New Coalition
The former premier charged
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dead issues. The Lavon Affair was Eshkol with using the defense esta-
one of the major issues which re- blishment in his election cam-
sulted in Ben-Gurion's seceding paign, and with putting Mapai
from Mapai and forming his own Party interests above the interests
of the state. He made the charges
quoting from a letter he wrote
He warned Mapai as well as the in
to a Mapai member, before the
alignment to "look to the future election, in which he warned that
and not backward to the affairs
that occurred in the past." He told Israel was in "moral and political
he Mapai Central Committee, at danger."
He announced he would devote
same time, that Mapai "must
not rest on the laurels won in the the rest of his life to fighting
election." "Victories," he stated, against Israel becomnig a "Levan-
"are not perpetual, not assured for tine" state.
the future. The party should now
There will be many new faces
begin to ensure the confidence of in the Knesset. Thirty of the mem-
the nation by virtue of its day-to- bers of the 120-member Knesset, a
day work" and urged the inclusion full 25 per cent, will be newly-
in the party and in the Histadrut elected deputies, marking the
leadership of "the young and vital largest turn-over in the history of
elements" among the members of the Knesset.
Finance Minister Sapir said that,
Eshkol said that he will make contrary to speculation that the
a maximum effort to speedily Israel government would devalue
complete negotiations aimed at a its currency after the elections, it
was not planned to do so in the
broad coalition but that, if diffi-
culties arose, he would prefer a near or distant future. Foreign
Minister Golda Meir denied re-
narrow coalition soon rather
than engage in protracted talks.
Sources close to the premier
said he would seek a broad coali-
tion based on the alignment's
seats in the 120-seat Knesset, plus
the 11 of the National Religious
Party, the Independent Liberals'
5, and the seats of left-wing Mapam.
These, plus possible bids for the
four seats of Agudat Israel, one
or two from Poale Agudat Israel,
and those of the Mapai-affiliated
Arab parties, would give the coali-
tion more than 75 seats.
Former Premier Ben-Gurion
meanwhile made it plain that his
rebuff at the hands of the voters
would not mean the end of his
fight against Premier Eshkol. At
a meeting of his followers in Tel
Aviv, Ben-Guriort -rieljvered one of
his most bitter attacks against
the premier and called the ballot-
ing the "ugliest election campaign
in Israel's annals."
He said the main support for
the Mapai- Ahdut alignment
came from the "middle class"
who supported the "Eshkol-Sa-
pir government" because its
members were "doing very
well." "We must get rid of Esh-
kol," he stated. Pinhas Sapir is
Ben-Gurion called the Eshkol-
led alignment a "gang that em-
ploys all possible means to hold on
to power" and a "corrupt Tam-
many Hall-style machine."
ports that she might resign after
the elections. She said that she
planned to stay in the post when
a new government is formed by
Bourguiba Says Israel and Egypt Don't Want War
PARIS (JTA)—Tunisian Presi- the status quo. He ruled out the
dent Habib Bourguiba said Monday possibility of nuclear war between
in an interview in the magazine the two countries.
Realites that he believed Israel
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and Egypt did not want war and
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