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Herut Split on Issue of Joining the Histadrut; Beigin Favors Move

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Two factions in the Herut Party balance each other almost equally in countrywide elections held this week for the choice of members of the organization’s national council, it appeared today. While each of the factions claims victory for its side, there were indications that they just about canceled each other out in the balloting.

The issue that divided Herut was whether to continue to support its own National Labor Federation, or whether the party should form an independent grouping inside Histadrut, the General Israeli Federation of Labor. Mehahem Beigin, leader of the party, advocated working inside Histadrut, while Eliezer Shostak, a member of Parliament representing Herut, advocated the other course.

Those favoring the Beigin policy carried the voting in this city. However, in many smaller places, the Shostak policy was favored by many workers. The final count has not yet been announced. The National Council of Herut is scheduled to meet next month.

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