TEL AVIV (Feb. 4)
The final tabulations of the Israeli national elections and the distribution of seats in the Constituent Assembly were announced here today. A total of 440,080 ballots were cast in the elections, held January 25.
The 120 seats in the Assembly will be divided among 12 parties on the following basis: Mapai, 46; Mapam, 19; Religious Bloc. 16; Heruth (Irgun-sponsored) 14; General Zionists, 7; Progressives, 5; Communists, 4; Sephardim,4; Arab Democratic Bloc, 2; wizo,1; Fighters (Sternist-sponsored) l; and Yemenites, 1. Twenty-one different parties entered slates in the elections.
Israeli political circles today expressed the opinion that the Rhodes negotiations will come to a successful conclusion in the very near future, including the signing of an armistice agreement. After that, it is believed, Israeli representatives will sit down at a round-table parley with delegates from the Hashemite kingdoms–Trans Jordan and Iraq. This parley is expected to get under way February 13.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has already received the name of the proposed British representative in Israel, it was learned today. Although his name was not disclosed, it is known that he is an important career diplomat who has not been connected with: either Palestine or the Middle East in the past. No decision has yet been reached on who shall represent the Jewish state in London, although several names are under discussion. It has also been learned that consuls are being appointed for the British Dominions of Canada, Australia and South Africa.
Dr. Bernard Joseph, Israeli military governor of Jewish Jerusalem, tonight | told the inhabitants of the city that his military regime 1s winding up and being replaced by the regular Israeli Government machinery. Speaking on a local radio station, Dr Joseph said that the life of the city has returned to normal and there is any need for a special military administration.