Ben Gurion Authorized to Form New Cabinet; Seeks Wide Coalition
Menu JTA Search

Ben Gurion Authorized to Form New Cabinet; Seeks Wide Coalition

Download PDF for this date

President Itzhak Ben Zvi took a completely expected step today–he invited David Ben Gurion, senior leader of the Mapai Party, to try to form a Cabinet on the “broadest possible basis.”

After he left the President’s office, Mr. Ben Gurion told newsmen that he will attempt to set up a government along the lines of the Provisional Government of 1948, in which virtually all parties were included. He will begin his formal consultations with the leaders of various parties next week, he said.

Once again he re-iterated the five chief points of the program around which he hopes to build a government–increase in immigration, particularly from North Africa; intensification of colonization, particularly in the wastelands; integration of the immigrants in Israel society; strengthening of the state’s security arrangements, and vigorous observance of the armistice agreements.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund