TEL AVIV (Dec. 16)
One thousand residents of Haifa held a protest march today in support of Premier Eshkol and in opposition to Former Premier David Ben-Gurion’s demand for a renewed investigation of the 1954 security mishap and the role in it of Pinhas Lavon. The demonstration was initiated by the famous Haifa secondary school. The demonstrators called for Mr. Eshkol’s early return to office, and decided to send him a telegram of support.
Mr. Eshkol’s resignation from Premiership is seen here as the culmination of a serious differences of opinion that have developed between him and Mr. Ben-Gurion during the last few months, in addition to the dispute over the reopening of the Lavon case. It is noted here that deeper roots than the Lavon Affair led to the current conflict.
Various acts by Premier Eshkol were not in agreement with Mr. Ben-Gurion’s views. The latest issue was Premier Eshkol’s persistent refusal to assign a key portfolio in the Cabinet to Gen. Dayan, whom Mr. Ben-Gurion apparently wanted to see groomed for future Premiership.