Israel Will Face No Parliamentary Crisis, Premier Indicates

Premier David Ben Gurion today indicated that opponents of the government need not build any hopes on a new Parliamentary election in Israel as a result of the resignation of Agudah members from the Cabinet and the refusal of the General Zionists to enter the government coalition.

The Israel Premier made it clear in talks with leaders of various groups that the present Parliament will continue to function until its term expires three years from now. There will be no government crisis of such proportions as to necessitate the dissolution of the Parliament, he stated. He hinted that he will never permit a situation to arise which could lead to the dissolution of Parliament.

Mr. Ben Gurion and leaders of the Progressive Party met here last night for three hours, but the results of their discussion will not be made public until after tomorrow when the central committee of the Progressive Party decides whether or not to enter the government coalition. Progressive leaders refused today to predict their party’s course of action, terming such predictions “premature guesses.”

The Premier had a brief meeting today with Mizrachi leaders Rabbis Mordecai Nurock and A. Rosenberg who reiterated their party’s demand that it be given the Ministry of Communications portfolio which was previously held by the late Mizrachi leader David Zvi Pinkas. Mr. Ben Gurion asked who would be the party’s choice for the post and the Mizrachi leaders said that their central committee had not yet reached a decision on this matter.

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