Labor Suspends Anti-government Campaign Till Begin Returns from U.S.

The Labor Party has decided to suspend its political campaign against the Likud-led government of Premier Menachem Begin until after Begin returns from his visit to the U.S. for meetings with President Carter next week. However, Labor Alignment chairman Shimon Peres, told a party meeting at Eilat today that Labor must strengthen its ranks because Likud is repeating the mistakes of the past Labor regime and is making new mistakes of its own.

Former Premier Golda Meir also stressed the need for Labor to strengthen its ranks in face of the adverse political and economic situation created by the Likud government. She and Peres flatly rejected a demand by Labor’s moshavim group to break the alignment with Mapam. The moshavim group contends that the partnership with Mapam prevents the Labor Party from making its own decisions.

CORRECTION An article in the March 3 News Bulletin (P.3) on Secretary of State Cyrus Vance incorrectly attributed remarks to Sen. John Sparkman (D.Ala.), chairman to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The remarks were made by Sen. Frank Church (D. Id.) who will become chairman of the committee upon Sparkman’s retirement next year

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