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Israel Cabinet Meets on Police Raid on Mizrachi Offices

The Israel Cabinet today discussed for four hours the complaint of the Mizrachi Central Committee against the police raid on its headquarters here and the confiscation Tuesday of documents pertaining to Deputy Minister of Welfare Israel Shlomo Rosenberg. The complaint was supported by the Mizrachi and Hapoel Hamizrachi members of the Cabinet.

Following the meeting, the Cabinet issued a communique stating that it had heard reports from the Ministers of Justice and Police that the “examination of the Mizrachi Central Committee’s books are connected with the investigation of one person and are not aimed at the Mizrachi. “

The communique, believed aimed at averting a Cabinet crisis, was in reply to two demands of the Mizrachi leaders: 1. That Premier Moshe Sharett apologize to the World Mizrachi Central Committee for the raid; 2. That the Cabinet appoint a special investigating committee to study the charges against Mr. Rosenberg.

Meanwhile, the Mizrachi members of the Cabinet who failed to win support for their views inside the Cabinet were today waiting for a decision of the Mizrachi Central Committee on whether to continue in their Cabinet posts or to resign. Deputy Minister of Religion Dr. Zorach Warhaftig has offered his resignation, but it has been held up by the Central Committee.

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