TEL AVIV (Jan. 7)
The Histadrut, Israel’s Federation of Labor, today scored another victory in the mayoralty elections when Ben Zion Hurewitz, Histadrut candidate, was elected mayor of Rehovoth and Benjamin Schwartzman also a Histadrut candidate, was reelected mayor of Pardess Hanna.
The world Mizrachi Union and the Israel Mizrachi organization issued a statement declaring that they are “shocked and outraged by the scandalous betrayal of the religious cause” by the Mizrachi Laborite and Agudah Laborite groups in Fetach Tikvah which voted for the Histadrut candidate for mayor.
“The action of these two groups demonstrates that they place their political labor interests above religious interests,” the statement says. It announced that the Mizrachi world Union will seek to review and clarify the relationship between the General Mizrachi Organization and the Mizrachi Laborite faction.