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Ben-gurion, Sharett Heatedly Debate Lavon Issue at Mapai Meet

Two former Israeli Prime Ministers, David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Sharett, clashed here tonight in a heated argument about whether or not to revive the Lavon Affair.

The dramatic confrontation took place at the Mapai national convention. The “Affair,” involving a disastrous security mishap which occurred in 1954 when Mr. Sharett was Premier and Pinhas Lavon was Defense Minister, dominated the debate. Such major issues as a proposed limited labor party alignment between Mapai and Achdut Avodah, and the change in the election system to reduce the large number of Israeli political parties were hardly mentioned.