JERUSALEM (Jul. 15)
The Mapam Central Committee today ratified the party’s decision to accept two ministry positions held in reserve for them in the government. Victor Shemtov, who has been serving as Minister Without Portfolio, becomes Minister of Health. Nathan Peled, a former ambassador to Bulgaria, who has been serving as Political Secretary of Mapam, becomes Minister of Immigrant Absorption filling the vacancy created last month by the death of Israel Barzilai. Mr. Peled was elected to the post by the Mapam Central Committee, defeating Aharon Efrat, a member of Histadrut’s Central Committee, by a vote of 87 to 73.