JERUSALEM (Jul. 7)
The Mapai Party was reported ready today to resume active campaigning for electoral reform to change Israel’s proportional representation system to one of direct or district representation. The Government party was said to have offered the portfolio of Minister of Posts to the Poalei Agudat Israel on condition that the Orthodox party support the Mapai position on electoral reform.
Negotiations between the two parties hitherto behind the scenes, will begin officially this week. Mapai would also like to obtain the support of the ultra-Orthodox Agudat Israel faction but the latter refuse to disregard the ban against joining the coalition issued by the Aguda Moetzet Gdolei Hatorah, their Supreme Religious Council.