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Ahdut Convention Votes Limited Alignment with Israel’s Mapal

The convention of the leftist Achdut Avoda approved today a proposal for a limited alignment with Israel’s dominant Mapai Party. The vote was 73 to 23. Itzhak Tabenkin, the leader of Ahdut opposed alignment, just as former Premier David Ben-Gurion had in the Mapai party.

The alignment will be limited to a joint slate for the forthcoming national elections. Ben-Gurion and his Mapai followers opposed it because Achdut made it a condition for agreement that Mapai abandon its commitment to electoral reform to reduce the number of political parties in Israel.

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