Progressives Consider Ben Gurion’s Offer to Join Cabinet

The political committee of the Progressive Party is now drafting a statement on the conditions under which the Progressives would join the government coalition, it was learned today. The statement will be submitted to the party executive for approval before being sent to Premier David Ben Gurion.

This action followed the appearance of the Premier last week before the Progressive Party’s executive body to discuss entrance of the Progressives into the coalition. The Premier outlined the six basic principles for a united program. These were:

1. The ingathering of the exiles, 2. Consolidation of democracy and the strengthening of the state against forces attempting to destroy it, 3. A foreign policy dictated by security and immigration requirements, 4. A compromise on religious and spiritual questions for the integration of new immigrants, 5. A social regime in which each sector will welcome the achievements of the others, and 6. Pioneering by all sections of the population.

Mr. Ben Gurion said there was no great gap between these and the principles of the Progressive Party and declared that he saw the possibility of their coming to terms on implementation of such a policy. A protracted discussion followed Mr. Ben Gurion’s speech during which he replied to a number of criticisms, particularly in the economic field.

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