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Sharett Urges Mapal “spiritual Offensive” Against Mapam

Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett last night called on his own Mapai Party to undertake an “offensive” in the spiritual struggle with the left-wing Socialist Mapam Party in an attempt to “save the young people who have fallen under Mapam influence.” Mr. Sharett spoke at the concluding session of a conference of the Mapai kibbutz council, which broke away from the Mapam-dominated collective settlement movement a year ago.

“We must save the young generation from possible civil war which could be bloody,” the Minister said, adding that “every effort must be made to teach the young generation what their national goal is” lest they follow “foreign leaders.” He insisted that serious thought must be given to “protecting the Army from Mapam influence.”

Before the conference closed, it was reported that the council had grown to include 63 collective settlements. The average family earnings in the older colonies is 4,500 pounds annually, it was stated, while families in the newer settlements earn about 3,000 pounds.

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