TEL AVIV (Feb. 17)
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.