TEL AVIV (Feb. 2)
The new Lasmol (leftwards) Party, whose leaders and membership were expelled from the Mapam Party last week, will join with the Israel Communist Party in a “popular front, ” Dr. Moshe Sneh, leader of the group, declared here last night in his first public statement since his expulsion. Dr. Sneh added that his party would not merge with the Communists, but that the two groups would fight together for the establishment of a popular republic in Israel.
Dr. Sneh and two other leaders of his group who are deputies today informed the Israel Parliament that they have formed a separate group. They also asked Parliament to assign them separate seats, outside the Mapam group, in the House. Meanwhile, 22 more leaders of the Mapam were today expelled when an ultimatum that they leave the Sneh group expired.
In an article in the Mapam newspaper Al Hamishmar, Dr. Itzhak Gruenbaum, Mapam moderate and former Minister of Interior in the provisional Israel Government, warned Dr. Sneh against “blindly” endorsing any charge levelled against the Jews and approving all activities of the Communist bloc.