TEL AVIV (Jul. 31)
More than 50 persons were injured today in a clash between supporters of the Mapai, Israel’s Labor Party, and opponents of the party. The fight took place between families residing in an immigrant camp in Tiberias. Several of the injured were taken to a hospital, a number were arrested. The police imposed a curfew on the camp.
Talks on the composition of the new Israel Cabinet were started today between David Ben Gurion and Moshe Sharett, Mapai leaders. on one hand, and Moshe Shapiro, leader of the Religious Bloc, on the other. The outgoing cabinet will officially resign on August 16, when the new Parliament convenes.
The results of last week’s national elections are still a subject of heated discussion among the followers of various parties. Summarizing these results at a meeting of Mapai leaders, David Ben Gurion said that as a citizen of Israel, he was full of anxiety–although from his party’s point of view he was not worried. He explained his attitude by saying that the Mapai’s status remained unchanged in that it would be impossible for any government to be formed without Mapai participation.
Turning to a discussion of the big gain registered by the rightist Herut party, Mr. Ben Gurion, likened it to foam. He said “it would disappear as it appeared, because there is no fear of fascism ever succeeding to the leadership of Israel.”
Meanwhile, the results of the municipal elections in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv–which were held simultaneously with the national elections–were announced today. In Jerusalem, the Mapai won six seats in the municipal council; the Herut – four; Agudah and Poale Agudah–three; Mizrachi and Poale Mizrachi-three; and Progressives-two. In addition, the General Zionists, Mapam, and a slate of the Women’s International Zionist Organization won one seat each.
The distribution of seats in Tel Aviv showed that Mapai had come up with ten places; General Zionists, eight; Herut, five; Mizrachi and Poale Mizrachi, two; and Leachduth Avodah, two. One seat on the local council was also accorded to each of the following–Agudah, Mapam, Progressives and Communists.