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Mapai’s Victory in the Israel Elections Welcomed in Washington

A highly-placed U.S. Government source today welcomed the Mapai party’s election success as heralding greater stability for Israel.

This source expressed a view that the election results might bring an increased measure of consolidation of authority that may facilitate Israel’s handling of difficult problems. In general, the election was viewed here as one that would aid the Ben Gurion Government in coping more effectively with problems, both domestic and foreign.

(The victory of the Mapai party in yesterday’s Parliamentary elections was received with great satisfaction in British Foreign Office circles today, the JTA reported from London. Sources in the Foreign Office emphasized that the results were considered a contribution to Middle East regional stability. The Mapai results, following on the reelection of Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, indicated that no change was likely in Anglo-Israel relations which are now considered harmonious and without any special problems.)

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