LONDON (Jul. 29)
The Soviet Union has reacted cynically to the results of the elections in Israel by denying that there is any serious difference between the Likud and the Labor Alignment and that both are out to serve American intersts. This is the main theme of Soviet radio broadcasts and press commentaries monitored here.
A bradcast in Hebrew, on Moscow’s Radio’s overseas service, likened the result of the election to “some sort of broken Rubik cube which can no longer be set properly.” After arguing that the voters were less to blame than the political leaders for the tangled outcome of the election, the radio continued:
“Those who voted for parties that advocate war and settlement, for shrewd politicians on the far right, for those who advocate a cruel Zionism and who hate the Arabs to the death, for the direct representatives of those who only care about their own prosperity, for pro-U.S. functionaries …. all these Israeli voters have put their own safety in question …. Their vote will lead to increased tension, bloodshed and a growing threat to the very existence of the State of Israel.”
Thursday’s issue of the Communist Party daily, Pravda, commented that the election results showed that the electorate was losing confidence in the country’s two leading political forces.