TEL AVIV (May. 19)
Prime Minister David Ben Gurion has expressed concern about “three negative aspects” in Israel’s social life.
Speaking at a unity conference of working and student youth, the Prime Minister listed these as: first, the lack of a voluntary pioneering movement; second, schism and disunity in Israels political life, and third, a widening gap between workers and intellectuals.
He called the third problem the “greatest danger” to Israel’s hopes of achieving a society based on social justice and he stressed that science would “in itself be empty of its values if scientists were cut adrift from the day to day realities of the worker’s life.”
His audience was a group of 800 delegates representing 70,000 youth belonging to Hanoar Haoved, sponsored mainly by Achdut Avodah, and Hatnu Hameuchedet, sponsored by Mapai. The two groups have been practicing unity for nearly a year under a new name, Working and Student Youth. Other speakers were Mapai and Achdut Avodah leaders.