Ben Gurion Denies He Said Zionist Movement Did Not Require Special Status in Israel

Premier David Ben Gurion, in a letter published today in Davar, organ of the Israel Federation of Labor, denies a report emanating from the convention of the Zionist Organization in Atlantic City that prior to his departure from the United States he had allegedly said that the world Zionist movement did not require a special status with regard to the State of Israel. Ben Gurion terms this report as baseless. He emphasized that he never said it, neither before nor after his departure from the United States.

Premier Ben Gurion’s Mapai Party was reported today to have polled about fifty per cent of the vote cast for delegates to the forthcoming World Zionist Congress in the elections here. Unofficial summaries gave second place to the Mapam, left-wing labor group, with the right wing Herut and the religious workers, Hapoel Hamizrachi following in that order. Official results are not expected for several days.

Municipal elections held yesterday in Migdal Gad gave the Mapai a striking victory. Of the eleven seats in the municipal council the Mapai won eight. The Mizrachi Laborites obtained two seats and the left-wing Party, one seat.

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