Tel Aviv (Feb. 19)
– Mapam will continue in partnership with the Labor Party at the next elections but will insist that the agreed platform of the Labor-Mapam alignment will not be identical with that of the Labor Party alone, the Mapam convention decided. Mapam will insist on continuation of the present arrangement whereby its members obtain every seventh seat won by the alignment in the elections.
Some Labor members have demanded that this number be reduced on the grounds that one in seven would mean over-representation for Mapam.
Mapam will demand freedom to vote as it chooses on religious affairs, the electoral system, settlement policies and on the question of extending Israeli law to the Golan Heights, unless this is part of an overall peace agreement.
Members of the Labor settlements on the Heights are demanding that Israel law be imposed there and the party as a whole tends to agree, though there is some opposition. But Mapam is against such a move.