Changes in Israel Cabinet Anticipated; Will Affect Mapai Members

Important changes in the Israel Cabinet and in Parliament are expected as a result of internal friction within the Mapai, Israel’s Labor Party, which is the leading government party, it was indicated here today.

The Jerusalem Post, which is close to the Mapai, said today that such changes are “unavoidable anyhow” because of a previous Mapai resolution barring one person from holding several posts. It emphasized that when a Cabinet member, or a member of the Parliament, is called to leadership of the Mapai it should not be deemed a comedown because his political influence will increase.

The dissatisfaction within the ranks of the Mapai comes from the “younger generation,” which demands “purification” of the Mapai movement, and is planning to propose important changes in leadership at the forthcoming Mapai convention next July. This group insists that the Mapai leadership should be put into the hands of “strong personalities.” In this connection the names of Moshe Sharett and Golda Myersin, two leading Mapai members in the Israel Cabinet, are mentioned as possible candidates for the post of Mapai secretary.

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