Formation of Israel Cabinet This Week Doubted; Bargaining Continues

Two months after the Knesset elections, there was still no new Cabinet functioning today. Nor was there any clear indication of how the Cabinet will be composed.

The hope that Mapai, the dominant party, would decide this weekend on who would participate in the coalition government faded when Mapai leaders decided to postpone decision until some time this week after it would have received the “final word” from the leftist Mapam and Achdut Avodah parties and from the Liberals as to their conditions for joining any coalition.

The Liberals, whose leaders met here Thursday evening to discuss conditions agreed only to call a meeting of their party’s central body for today. Similar action was taken by Mapam and Achdut Avodah. It still remained in doubt today whether Finance Minister Levi Eshkol will be able to announce the formation of a new government this week.

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