Geneva (Jun. 14)
Gideon Ben Israel, the Histadrut delegate to the International Labor Conference here has been re-elected to the governing body of the organization for another four year term.
The election is considered an important victory for Israel as the Arabs made all possible efforts to have the Lebanese delegate elected in place of Ben Israel. In the event, Ben Israel won 68 of 129 votes demonstrating Histadrut’s popularity in the organization and Ben Israel’s good contacts.
This year the Arabs did not present an anti-Israel resolution at the conference, as they have done previously. This year their main preoccupation and lobbying was aimed at having Ben Israel ousted from the governing body. It was noted that even the Israeli attack against the Iraqi nuclear reactor did not hamper the election of the Histadrut delegate.
Officially the African Unity Movement gave instructions to vote for the Lebanese candidate but, as the ballot was secret, the Africans voted for Ben Israel as did some Moslem countries.