Mapars Success, Other Party Efts in Israel
By MOSHE RON
Jewish News Special
Correspondent In Israel
TEL AVIV—The elections for
the Conference of the Israel Labor
Party took place in stormy weath-
er. Rain, frost, thunder, lightning,
hail and In some high places even
1 snow. All the same, 185,000 out
of 280,000 voters took part in
the elections, a vote of 82 per
cent. It was a great victory for
the party !
When the United Labor Party
was founded three years ago, an
interim agreement was reached
between the three former com-
ponents of the party to grant the
former Mapai Party 57 per cent
of the representation in the United
Party, Abdut Haavoda' 21.5 per
cent and Rail 21.5 per cent.
The results of the elections
showed that Mapai has gained 10
per cent and will have about three
thirds of the deputies of the Party
Conference. Ahdut, Haavoda has
lost between two and three per
cent owing to the high percentage
of participation in the elections in
the Kibutz Hameluhad (85 per
cent). Rafi lost a third of its per-
centage and will form the smallest
faction in the United Party.
The Israeli press stresses the
victory of Mapai and of the
"strong man" of this faction—
Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir.
• • •
A new storm has broken out
in the Liberal Party. Leaders of
the party are criticizing the head
of the opposition in the party,
member of Knesset Josef Serlin,
after he and some opposition mem-
bers had printed in the Herut
press in Jabotinsky House in Tel
Aviv a strongly-worded pamphlet
against the leadership of the
party. The pamphlet was anony-
mous but Serlin declared in pub-
lic that he was one of its writers.
Serlin attacked in this pamphlet
the party leaders. Josef Sapir,
Leib Dulcin, Dr. Elimelech Rimalt,
Simcha Erlich and Josef Tamir,
saying that they rule the party like
dictators and prevent a union with
the Herut Party.
Serlin cited in his speech pas-
for Men Guilty of
Negligence in Blast
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A district
military court imposed prison sen-
tences and demotion in rank on
two army officers found guilty of
negligence in connection with an
ammunition truck explosion which
killed 24 soldiers and civilians and
injured 23 others in Eilat last
The names of the officers were
withheld, but their former ranks
were given as lieutenant and sec-
ond lieutenant. One was sentenced
to 18 months and the other to a
An army captain and a sergeant
All four had been charged with
recklessneis, neglect and lack of
caution in handling explosives.
The fatal blast occurred while
unloading captured Egyptian
ammunition on a dock at Eilat
following a succesiful com-
mando raid on Shadwan Island
in the 'Gulf of Suez.'
The army announced that 550
medals will be awarded to reserve
and regular soldiers for acts of
heroism in action since the 1948
Arab-Israeli war. A special com-
mittee headed by Chief of Staff
Gen. Haim Bar-Lev will determine
Several soldiers will receive
more than one decoration. One will
be a posthumous award to Capt.
Nehemya Cohen who was killed
at Gaza during the Six-Day War.
sages from a novel by the Soviet
Nobel Prize winner Alexander
Solzhenytsin about the freedom of
prisoners. He said that he bad
served the party for many years
and could not be indifferent as to
how the present leadership treats
The controversy in the Liberal
Party may lead to a split. Rumors
have spread that four members of
Knesset of the Liberal Wing of
Gahal—Serlin, Zimmerman, Prof.
Klinghofer and Nissizn—are ready
to join the Herut wing. Herut
would then have 17 Knesset mem-
bers and the Liberal wing only
• • •
When Michael Hazani was
elected by the executive of the
National Religious Party as cabi-
net member with a majority of
'one vote against Dr. Yitzhak
Rafael, it was clear that Dr.
Rafael would not keep quiet. He
tries to create political "problems"
at each opportunity. Rafael, who
has been a "dove," lately became
a "hawk." He tries to balance
his line with that of the ex-
treme "revolutionary" youngsters
of the Mafdal, Who adopt a strong
line on the question of withdraw-
ing from occupied territories.
Dr. Rafael tries hard to obtain
the support of the youngsters and
therefore he made some strong
statements against the return to
the Jarring talks if necessary con-
ditions were not fulfilled earlier.
Dr. Rafael, who rules the party
machinery, declared in an assem-
bly in Jerusalem, that if the Is-
rael government should decide to
return to the talks prior to reach-
ing suitable conditions, the Mafdal
faction in the Knesset would not
support this decision.
Mrs. Golda Meir decided to
appear before the party faction
and explained her point of view
on the question of a return to
the Jarring talks. She expressed
the hope that the Mafdal will
abide by the government's de-
cision and vote for it in order
to avoid a crisis in the cabinet.
Dr. Rafael, the most dynamic
leader in Mafdal, hopes for a
government crisis, which would
lead to Mafdal leaving the cabi-
net. He thinks that in this case
Mafdal would return to the cabi-
net after some time, with himself
as cabinet member.
The new Mafdal Minister Mich-
ael Hazani was always a dove.
But he was elected minister
against Dr. Rafael by votes of the
Mafdal youngsters. Therefore, be
suddenly started to adopt their
extreme line, became a hawk and
demanded that Israel return to the
Jarring talks only if the Americans
first abandon the Rogers plan.
The Knesset faction of Mafdal
consists of 12 members. Six of
them are for an extreme line in the
question of withdrawing from the
occupied territories, six are for
a moderate line and support
the government's policy. Both sides
look for support of the youngsters
who control 22 per cent in the
party, in order not to lose their
influence in the party. The other
two ministers in the party—Dr.
Yosef Burg and Dr. Zerah War-
haftig—are facing a difficult
situation. They are not Knesset
members and try to fmd a com-
promise between the two parts of
the divided Knesset faction.
THE DETROIT mum NEWS
10—FrIday, Jaresty 1, 1971
May Outnumber Yeiaks
PARIS (ZINS) — The average
monthly number of French olim
is now 450, an annual immigration
rate of 5,400.
France is the only country in
the world where 2 per cent of the
total Jewish population is reset-
tling in Israel.
It is estimated by the aliya de-
partment in Paris that 1971 will
see an accelerated rate of im-
migration, and that the number
of olim will exceed even those
coming from America.
One of the most important con-
tributing factors, according to of-
ficials, is the assimilation which
becomes more widespread in
France from year to year.
It is now estimated that about
50 per cent of all marriages are
mixed, with a preponderance of
instances where Jewish men take
non-Jewish brides. Of the total
French Jewish population of 350,-
000, there are approximately 300,-
000 who came from North Africa.
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