American Yiddish Press Advocates Widening of Cabinet

Editorial comment in the Yiddish press here today displayed a lack of enthusiasm over the composition of the new Israel Cabinet. The editorials point out that not only is there practically no change between the new and the old cabinet, but that the solution of urgent problems faced by the old cabinet has now been postponed again.

The Jewish Daily Forward says: “If we are to judge from the past, we can hardly see how the Israel government can go on with its constructive work under the new coalition. It is difficult for us to see how a cabinet dependent on such a small majority in the Parliament can gain the full backing of the people of Israel.” The paper says that the possibility is not excluded that Ben Gurion agreed to the new coalition merely to gain a “breathing spell.”

The Day expresses the opinion that “to a certain extent” the new cabinet is worse than its predecessor. It expresses the hope that Premier Ben Gurion will see his way clear to widening the coalition and to avoiding a new general election. The Morning Journal points out that the fact that the General Zionists “have been ignored” will not add strength to the new government. It appeals to the Mapai and to the General Zionists to put aside party politics and reach an understanding which would bring the General Zionists into the cabinet.

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