Ben-gurion’s Group Announces Its Platform for the National Elections

Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion’s Israel Workers List (Rafi) will seek electoral reform and a streamlining of Israel’s economy as part of its campaign platform for the Parliamentary elections to be held on November 2, it was announced here today by Shimon Peres, former Deputy Defense Minister and a leader of Rafi.

Mr. Peres told a press conference here that his party would also seek a reduction in administrative bureaucracy including a transfer of the Jewish Agency’s settlement department to the Government; national health insurance; a master science plan; free education from the age of 3 to 16; promotion of sports and the preservation of Israel’s beauty.

Another plank in the program dwells on the need to maintain separation of powers “so that ministers do not sit as Judges and the same law pertains to all.” Mr. Peres said that Rafi was opposed to the enactment of a constitution for Israel at this time because, he said, “it would perpetuate existing compromises particularly in the field of religion.”

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