Haboker, Israel Daily Newspaper, Closes; May Merge with Herut Organ

Haboker, one of Israel’s oldest daily newspapers and organ of the Liberal party, sent dismissal notices today to all employes effective January 1 when the paper will halt publication. It may merge with “Herut,” the publication of the Herut party.

Both papers have small circulations and huge deficits which have been covered by the two political parties which formed an alignment called Gahal for the November 2 municipal and Parliamentary elections. The Herut paper also sent dismissal notices to its staff members.

The merger may presage closer ties between the two parties, observers said. A number of Liberal party members declined to participate in the merger and ran an Independent Liberal slate in the elections.

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