Ben Gurion Continues Talks on Broadened Coalition

Premier David Ben Gurion continued his “exploratory talks” today on a possible broadening of the Government coalition. This afternoon he met again with Dr. Peretz Bernstein, leader of the General Zionists, second largest party in the Knesset. Some General Zionists here tended tonight to minimize the possiblity of their party entering the coalition.

Previously, Mr. Ben Gurion had met with Minister of the Interior Moshe Shapira, leader of the Mizrachi Workers Party, which has been seeking a compromise which would permit the two resigned Agudist ministers to return to the coalition and would heal the split in the Religious Bloc. No concrete proposals resulted from this session and further meetings are to be held.

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