TEL AVIV (Jan. 2)
Chaim Zadok, former Minister of Justice in the Labor government, has resigned his Knesset seat because “I find nothing to do there” as a member of the apposition. He said he would remain a member of the Labor Party and would continue to identify himself with party policy. “I shall always be ready to assume any appropriate public task outside the Knesset,” he wrote in a letter to party chainman Shimon Peres who had tried vainly to dissuade him from resigning.
Zadok, 60, who served 19 years in the Knesset, five of them as minister, is returning to private law practice. His resignation, which, he affirmed in his letter to Peres, was based on personal, not political considerations, is regarded in Labor Party circles as another blow to the party after its defeat in last May’s general election.
Imri Ron, 41, a Mapam kibbutznik from Mishmar Ha’emek, will replace Zadok. A former senior officer in the paratroopers, Ran served as secretary of the Kibbutz Artzi movement in recent years. He will be the fifth Mapam member in the Labor Alignment Knesset faction.