Post-election Sentiment in Israel Analyzed; Possible Cabinet Combinations Predicted

The sentiment of various groups in Israel over the outcome of the parliamentary elections, are reflected today in newspaper editorials here analyzing the election results and predicting the possible composition of the new Cabinet.

Davar, organ of the Histadrut, says that although a stable majority for the new government has not been assured, this can, nevertheless, be achieved “‘if everybody will learn the lesson of the elections.” Haaretz, independent liberal newspaper, says that as a result of the outcome of the elections, Premier David Ben Gurion must now secure support either from the left-wing Mapam Party or from the Progressives and the General Zionists.

Al-Hamishmar, organ of the pro-Soviet Mapam Party, also believes that the Mapai, Ben Gurion’s party, must either seek a coalition with the General Zionists or form a united labor front, Haboker, organ of the General Zionists, emphasizes” that a large number of people abstained from voting. The paper expresses the opinion that the majority of them belong to the middle class.

Provisional tabulations of the election results give the Mapai 46 of the 120 seats in the new Parliament, the General Zionists 20 seats, the Mapam 35, the Mizrachi Laborites 8, the Herut 8, the pro-Mapai Arabs 5, the Communists 5, Progressives 4, Mizrachi 2, Agudas Israel 2, and Agudah Laborites 2.

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