TEL AVIV (Jul. 12)
Officials of Israel’s new Liberal Party threatened to go to court today to compel the Central Election Committee to allow the party to use the Hebrew letter Lamed to identify their list for the general elections August 15.
The committee, which approved all 15 lists submitted for the elections to Israel’s fifth Knesset, turned down the Liberal Party request for the right to use the emblem. Herut representatives on the committee joined with Mapai in forming a majority to oppose the Liberal request. Liberal Party officials said that they were entitled to use the letter Lamed because, as the party presenting the first list to the elections committee, they could have any symbol not represented in the previous election.
Meanwhile, evidences of the election campaign were becoming more evident. Huge bulletin boards have been installed at road junctions and large symbols of the various parties are lighted up each night.
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion is addressing election meetings for his Mapai party almost every night.