TEL AVIV (Jun. 27)
Following the action of the Mapai party in placing the name of Golda Myerson at the head of its Tel Aviv municipal elections list, the General Zionists have announced that their principal candidate will be Israel Rokach, former mayor of Tel Aviv. It is understood that both candidates have decided to resign their Cabinet posts should their parties fail to receive majorities sufficient to head the municipal council.
Earlier, in Jerusalem, where Gershon Agron was named mayoral candidate by Mapai, other candidates were named on no less than 16 tickets. Included among them are Meir Grossman, General Zionists; Benjamin Mintz, Poale Agudah; former Mayor Avraham Kariv, Mizrachi, Hapoel Hamizrachi; and Daniel Auster, Progressives.
In all, election lists for some 80 municipal authorities have been filed. Municipal elections will take place on the same day as Knesset elections–July 26. Most of the big parties will participate in the municipal voting, but there are also a large number of purely local lists set up by special interest groups. With the elections now just a month away, the political atmosphere in the country has grown more heated, and party posters and insignia can be seen everywhere.