Labor Trying to Build Effective Opposition Front in the Knesset

The Labor Alignment is trying to build an effective opposition front in the Knesset. Party leader Shimon Peres said talks are continuing with the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC) to form a solid Knesset bloc with Labor. He said agreements have been reached with Civil Rights Movement and Independent Liberal Party representatives for cooperation in the Knesset.

The CRM, represented by Shulamit Aloni, and the ILP, represented by Gideon Hausner, are both one-person factions. The DMC, the second largest opposition party, has 15 seats in the Knesset. Peres said that since it and Labor have almost identical political platforms there was no reason they should not cooperate on political issues.

Peres also said he did not foresee a split in the Labor Alignment resulting from a resolution adopted by Labor’s Moshavim District last week calling for a break with Mapam and the re-establishment of the old Mapai faction as the Labor Party’s central element. Peres said there was a solid majority in both Labor and Mapam that favors continuation of the Alignment.

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