Mapam Angry over Exclusion in Discussion on Territories

Mapam’s political committee expressed bitter indignation today over the exclusion of Mapam from the ministerial forum that produced policy recommendations on the administered territories–the Galili documents–which are to be submitted to the Labor Alignment’s Executive for approval. The Galili documents, so-called because they were summed up by Minister-Without-Portfolio Israel Galili, contain proposals in line with policies advocated by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan.

Mapam, a member of the Labor Alignment, asked more than once to be invited to the ministerial forum and asked to be given the Galili documents officially. Neither request was granted by their Labor Alignment partners on grounds that each of the partners would submit its own proposals to the Executive.

According to Mapam secretary, Meir Talmi, and political secretary, Naftali Feder, “the Galili documents simply do not exist from Mapam’s point of view.” They claimed that the documents in fact contain recommendations that are opposed to government decisions on such sensitive questions as land purchases by individual Jews in the administered territories.

The documents also contain agreements on various Dayan proposals and demands concerning development activities in the territories, the construction of urban centers in the Raffah area and the Arab refugee problem. Mapam will present proposals of its own on these matters to the Alignment Executive.

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