Israel’s Attorney General Decides to Resign; Ben-gurion Intervenes

Attorney General Gideon Hausner has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, it was disclosed here today. The reason behind the resignation is a further deterioration in the relationship between Justice Minister Dr. Dov Joseph and Mr. Hausner, over the latter’s status.

Endeavors made to reconcile the divergent views of the two Government leaders, including the appointment of a special committee of jurists by the Cabinet, failed to settle the matter.

Prime Minister Ben-Gurion replying today to Mr. Hausner’s letter of resignation asked the Attorney General to reconsider his decision. The Prime Minister expressed hope that a way could still be found to reconcile the views between Mr. Hausner and Dr. Joseph. It is understood that Mr. Ben-Gurion and Mr. Hausner will meet within a day or two but that Mr. Hausner is not inclined to withdraw his letter of resignation. Dr. Joseph left last night for Tanganyika to represent the Israel Government at the celebration of Independence Day there.

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