TEL AVIV (Jul. 14)
Mrs. Golda Meir held firm today to her decision to relinquish her post as general-secretary of the Israel Labor Party effective August 1. Efforts to dissuade her, made at a meeting of the party’s leadership bureau, were unavailing and Mrs. Meir rejected proposals that she retain the post for some months longer. In view of her determination to retire, the meeting agreed to refer her resignation to the party’s secretariat which had originally elected her. It is understood that some Israeli political elements are planning to attempt to bring public pressure to bear on Mrs. Meir to change her mind. Mrs. Meir, who just turned 70, told friends that while she will quit her post, she will not leave political life and will “be there whenever needed.”
Talks between the Israeli Labor and Mapam Parties on alignment between the two have resulted in the setting up of two committees — one to air general issues and the political aspects of such proposals and the second to study the implications of such a union in Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation.