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Mapai Renews Efforts to Induce Sharett to Become Speaker of Knesset

New efforts were made here today to get Moshe Sharett, former Premier and Foreign Minister to accept the post of Speaker of the Knesset. The move to fill the chair began officially right after a memorial session of the Knesset for the late Joseph Sprinzak.

In addition to the Mapai, whose leadership is reportedly pressing Mr. Sharett to take the Speaker’s chair, several other parties–including the opposition General Zionists–hae indicated that they would vote for him, if he agreed to run. Otherwise, it is likely that each major party will name its own candidate.

At the memorial session for Mr. Sprinzak, 12 deputies representing different parties, including two Israeli Arabs, paid tribute to the late Speaker in a crepe hung House. In attendance, in addition to the deputies, were the President of the Republic, Itzhak Ben Zvi, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, the Chief Rabbis, Justices of the Supreme Court and other leaders of Israel’s political, cultural and social life.

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