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Ben Gurion Rejects Final Plea for Retaining Premiership

Premier David Ben Gurion today rejected the final appeal by his Mapai Party to remain in the Cabinet. He told the Mapai Council that he would not change his decision to resign the premier ship, but promised that his absence from leading the Israel Government would be a short one.

The Council expressed regret over Mr. Ben Gurion’s decision, and its political committee started discussions on the consequences of the resignation. Meanwhile, Mr. Ben Gurion left today for Tiberias for a three-week course of treatment at the spa, while his wife spent the day in Sdeh Boker settlement, in the Negev, where she inspected the cottage built for the Premier’s residence after his retirement.

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